Wells Fargo Grant Helps Startup Make A Better Baseball Bat

Major League Baseball players are well-known creatures of habit.

Babe Ruth and Willie Mays always stepped on second base as they trotted off the field for the dugout. Before batting, Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs would scrawl the Hebrew symbol “chai” into the dirt, even though he isn’t Jewish. The list goes on.

That’s the dilemma facing St. Louis entrepreneur Grady Phelan.

Phelan has invented a better baseball bat. Traditional bats built with a knob at one end, he said, can cause hand injuries and can increase the risk of the bat flying out of the batter’s hand when he swings.

Phelan’s ProXR bat features an angled knob, which can give players improved performance, a better grip and reduced hand injuries.