Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 41 years, 2,187 covers and 55,435 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Gisele Bündchen Gets Back to Yoga After Allegedly Being Spotted in Burqa
- The Style Top 5: Reese Witherspoon Channels Elle Woods,
Steal the Styles from Wet Hot American Summer and More
- Defiant Valerie Harper Gives Update on Health: 'I Am Not, Nor Have I Been, in a Coma'
- Is Scott Disick Regretting Split with Kourtney Kardashian in New Photo: 'The Grass Isn't Always Greener'
- PHOTO: Britney Spears Does a Perfect Handstand: 'The World Looks Better Upside Down'
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- May 06, 1996
- Vol. 45
- No. 18
Batman and Batwoman
A Kansas City Couple Say Their Slammers Give More Bang for the Buck
Of the 14 companies that supply bats to the major and minor leagues, KC Slammer has the smallest market share—no more than 40 major-league players use the bats, which cost from $39.95 to $49.95. But Jon and Kay Moyer, the long-haul truckers who started the company in their Kansas City (Kans.) home five years ago, aren't crying foul. "The last thing we intended was to start a bat company," says Kay Moyer, 38. "We were just doing a favor for a friend."
The friend coached in an amateur senior-men's league, and his players' bats weren't holding up. Jon Moyer, 42, who had worked for two furniture companies and knew about wood, researched the problem and in 1991 made a prototype on his workbench.
The bats, which not only lasted longer but seemed to deliver more power than standard bats, were an instant hit. The Moyers, who first made them part-time, had given up trucking by 1993, around the time their first major-league customer, David Segui, now with the Expos, heard about the bats from a friend. Says Segui: "They last twice as long as any bat I've ever tried, and I get more carry." Last year, after such long-ball artists as Wally Joyner, then of the Royals, and Bobby Bonilla of the Orioles switched to KC, the Moyers expanded their operation to a 5,000-square-foot factory. While Louis-ville Slugger turns out a million bats a year in eight automated plants, the Moyers and their 13 employees, six of them in sales, are content to make 10,000—9 of 10 painstakingly tooled to a player's specifications. Jon does most of the factory work, and Kay handles the books and the publicity while also batting cleanup. "I still sweep the floor every night," she says.
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!