Aluminum Bat Maker Found Liable In 2003 Death

Back in 2003, Montana high school pitcher Brandon Patch was struck by a line drive from an aluminum bat in his temple during a game. Patch would die from the injuries four hours later; his family, quite understandably, eventually filed a lawsuit.

Brandon Patch Family

Their lawsuit, however, wasn’t against staff at the game or anybody else who was there - it was against the bat manufacturers. Specifically, it was against Hillerich & Bradsby, who make the Louisville Slugger aluminum bats. And today, a jury found in the Patch family’s favor, awarding the family $850,000.

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