"I was bowled over, for to be offered a [Louisville Slugger] bat contract was a big deal. It meant from that point on all of your bats would carry your signature on the barrel, rather than block letters. That signature announced to everyone who saw your bats that you were worthy, a true 'prospect.' I wrote out my signature with great care, unlike my ususal sloppy scribble."
- George Gmelch, Playing With Tigers: A Minor League Chronicle of the Sixties