Baseball: Prairie Sticks Bat Company ๐Ÿ

Name: Prairie Sticks Bat Company

Products: Baseball bats, accessories, apparel

Manufactured In: Lacombe, Alberta

Where to Buy: Website and some sports stores across Alberta

Website:ย prairiesticks.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Prairie Sticks makes bats from ash, maple and birch, sourced from the same suppliers who supply companies making bats for MLB. That means it’s good quality lumber but isn’t an indication of where the wood is sourced – it seems that bat companies are very protective of where their wood comes from. Prairie Sticks also offers customization options with logos and signatures, and free shipping for orders over $150.

Baseball: Sam Bats ๐Ÿ

Name:ย Sam Bats

Products:ย Baseball bats

Manufactured In:ย Carleton Place, Ontario

Where to buy:ย ย Online and various retailers

Website:ย sambat.com

Canadian Owned:ย Yes

The Sam Bat was in Barry Bonds’ hands when he hit 73 home runs and broke the all-time record for home runs in Major League Baseball. In the late 90’s most MLB bats were made of ash – the Sam Bat was the first made of maple, which has supplanted ash as the wood of choice for pro players. Today, Sam continues to produce maple bats for the major leagues, the minor leagues, and anyone else who wants to buy one.

Sports Equipment: KR3 Bats ๐Ÿ

Name:ย KR3 Bats

Products: Baseball bats

Manufactured in:ย Hespeler, Ontario

Where to buy: Authorized dealers across the world

Website:ย kr3bats.com

Canadian owned:ย Yes

There’s a long, convoluted ownership story here, but KR3 traces its heritage back to around 1905. Their factory used to make bats under the Cooper name and had a significant share of the MLB market before stopping production in the 90’s. In 1999, the former manager of the plant started making KR3 bats at the factory, and they’re now churning out 27,000 bats per year.