As Pete Rose can infamously tell you and Kurt Bevacqua can allegedly tell you (courtesy of a cameo appearance as himself on King of the Hill), corking a baseball bat gives you an edge. An edge can mean a run or two and that can mean a win or two over the course of the season. If you need to cork your bat, you probably aren’t going to need to worry about any agents or scouts learning your secret. Aluminum bats are not corkable and I don’t care what Kurt Bevacqua says.
Here’s your list of materials necessary for experimenting with a corked bat. You are only going to experiment with it and not use it when the game is on the line, right? I would hate to think that I helped anyone cheat by teaching them how to cork a bat. That would be wrong.
Annnnnnnnyway, here’s what you’ll need to cork up your Louisville Slugger. A power drill unless you want to do things the old-fashioned way with a hand cranked drill. Several small pieces of cork about the size of what you would fit into a toy gun rather than what would pop off a bottle of champagne. A wooden dowel about a foot long and ½-inch in diameter. A sander or a piece of sandpaper if you want to go about things the old-fashioned way. Oh, and some wood stain so that you can try to pass off the top of the bat as something that hasn’t been tampered with. Tampered. That’s a good word to use when corking your bat because one of the steps involved is tamping down the dowel.
Wrap up your bath in a towel and clamp the bat so that you can use both hands freely. If you’ve got a drill press, corking your bat will go much more smoothly. Use a 1/8th-inch drill bit to guide a vertical hole into the rounded top of the bat. Use a footlong 11/16 inch drill bit to core the hole about ten inches deep.
Insert those small corks one by one with the wider end going down into the bat first. Do about three corks and then start tamping them tight with a footlong piece of dowel. Keep doing this until you have enough corks in your bat that there is no give to them. Plug in the dowel and use clear glue to cap the bat. Allow two days for appropriate drying and then it’s time to sand the cap so that you can make it look as though nothing is untoward. Stain the cap of the bat so that it looks like the rest of the wooden hammer of the Gods.
Go out and hit balls twenty times farther than you ever have before.