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Top left: D.W. Baseball Co., batsmith Austin McCartney turns a custom-made bat on a lathe. The bats start as 5- to 7-pound billets before they are cut down and finished for each customer at
the Washington shop. Top right: D.W. Baseball carries 30 to 50 different glove models made of steerhide and buffalo leather. Above: Each of the bats is personalized for the final consumer.

Washington business specializes in custom wooden baseball bats
by Paul Newton | pnewton@ruralmissouri.coop

F

rom Little League to the major leagues, there's no prototypical baseball
player. They come in all shapes and sizes. Tall or short, fast or slow.
"Baseball isn't just a one-size-fits-all sport. It's a game where you can
have just about anyone play and succeed," says Duncan Whittington.
He should know. Duncan and his father, John, own D.W. Baseball Co., just
west of downtown Washington. The company focuses on improving ballplayers'
games with D.W.'s signature, custom wood bats and high-quality gloves meant
to last much longer than a single summer season. With a concentration on qual-

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ity, the 4-year-old company sources and produces all of its goods in the U.S.
Duncan started playing baseball at an early age. As it became more competitive, he began watching his hometown St. Louis Cardinals. "It became a passion
of mine. I got that from my dad," he says. "The more I understood, the more passionate I got about learning the details. Not just the playing, but also training
and equipment."
That interest manifested itself as Duncan played high school and American
Legion ball, the latter of which uses wooden bats. He previously sold baseball
equipment for other companies and after school didn't want to give up the game.
As a result D.W. Baseball was born.



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