It has not yet been decided whether Old Dutch Classic Bats was born by accident or by destiny. Owner and founder Todd “Dutch” Eschman has been a lifelong fan and student of the game, especially its history and traditions. It was a warm autumn day in September of 2011 when he discovered an entire community of like-minded ladies and fellows playing base ball bare handed beneath the expansive legs of St. Louis’ Gateway Arch. He found vintage base ball and he was hooked.
At the same time, Eschman had been a wood turner, an enthusiasm he likely inherited from his grandfather, who had owned a lumber company in Belleville, IL until before his passing in 1957. These two interests have converged in the production of quality vintage base ball bats, which he now makes available to anyone who loves the game and its rich history through Old Dutch Classic Bats. As we say every day at Old Dutch Classic Bats, “choose your lumber, connect with history,” and always “strike well, good sir!”