ABO Baseball was conceived of the passion for baseball and a love of woodworking!
Trevor Oakes, founder of ABO Baseball, has been an enthusiastic and accomplished participant in the amateur baseball community of south-western Ontario for the majority of his life. Oakes excelled in Softball, playing for many ‘A’ division teams including the SPO Super Series league.
In 2015 he began to focus his efforts back on hardball, playing for the Tillsonburg Old Sox.
He soon remembered the challenge and excitement of the game, as well as the frequency of broken baseball bats!! Unlike soft ball, hard ball uses predominantly wooden bats which are prone to splitting and breaking after a sometimes relatively small amount of use. At $100-$200+ per bat this is a costly requirement of the game.
As a woodworking hobbyist, Oakes took the challenge upon himself to produce his own bats to offset some of the cost of replacing them. He purchased a manual lathe; used his favorite bat as a template and was extremely pleased with the results! Through word of mouth his team-mates soon began requesting their own preferred styles of bats.
This sparked an idea and ABO Baseball was born! He began to hash out the vision to grow this into a family business. They are now producing the best maple, ash and birch bats in a wide variety of styles and finishes using only inspected premium wood. Their newest ventures have included ABO swag and softball bats. All of the products being provided by ABO baseball can be customized to suit every player’s needs and preferences.
ABO is currently working towards increasing production capabilities and looking to the future, ABO Baseball is passionate about reaching their goal of seeing their bats being swung by all baseball divisions and age groups across North America, including by all of our baseball hero’s in the majors!