Bo Jackson’s Bat | Breaks, Bombs and a Cooper

Bo Jackson's Bat

Bo Jackson’s way too short baseball career started in 1986 and ended in 1994. Throughout that time, he used no less than 9 different bat models from 2 different companies: Cooper and Louisville Slugger. From the sizes we could track down, the length was no greater than 34.5 inches and weighed no more than 33 ounces. Below are the details we have compiled about Bo Jackson’s bat.

Brand Length Weight Type Model Number Years
Louisville Slugger  Ash S44
Louisville Slugger  Ash B310
Cooper 34.5 32.3  Ash C271 1994
Louisville Slugger  Ash D162 1986
Cooper 34 33  Ash J93
Louisville Slugger  Ash B016L
Louisville Slugger Ash J93 1989
Louisville Slugger 34  Ash R206 1986

Bo Jackson’s way too short baseball career started in 1986 and ended in 1994. Throughout that time, he used no less than 9 different bat models from 2 different companies.

Bo Jackson's Bat

Bo Jackson Bat Model

Bo Jackson's Bat

Bo changed his bat model often. During his 8 year career, we found he used at least 9 different bats. Most pictures and game used paraphernalia show him using Slugger’s B310 Model. The B, most likely, stood for Bo. The 310 is a cross between a few bats—the most similar bat seems to be the S318, which you can buy.

We also know that in the 1989 All-Star game he used a Slugger J93, the same J93 that both Barry Bonds and Derek Jeter used around that time.

When Bo played his year with the Angels it appears he used the Cooper brand of bats. Cooper, at the time, made a serious run at Louisville Slugger as the top bat brand in the MLB, at one point garnering almost 30% of the market. We can confirm Bo used the C271 and J93 from Cooper during that time.

Bo Jacksons Bat Size: Weight & Length

Bo Jackson's Bat

Information on Bo’s bat weight and length are not readily available. We did track down a few sizes on his Cooper bat toward the end of his career which came in at 34.5 inches and 32.3 ounces. Slugger bats were only found in 34 inches. The weight, we can only guess, was 31 to 32 ounces.

Bo Jackson’s Bat History

Bo Jackson's Bat

Some particular bats of Jackson’s have been identified in specific at bats. For example, Bo Jackson’s 1989 All-Star game bat—where he led off with a home run—has been verified. MLB Game Used Bats instagram account points out how the oversized LOUISVILLE brand on the bats was impetus for the Major League to ban bat branding in the 1990 season.

A few other signed, game used Cooper brand bats of Bo Jackson’s have gone up for auction, the highest fetching close to $5,000. (We suspect the 1989 All-Star Game Bat would get even more).