John Fogerty’s bat-shaped guitar gets a tune-up

John Fogerty plays "Slugger." (Photo by Julie Fogerty)

By Chris M. Junior

John Fogerty’s signature bat-shaped guitar known as “Slugger” was damaged in the spring when Nashville’s overflowing Cumberland River flooded the storage facility where the instrument had been housed.

The guitar has since been recovered and is in the process of being restored. Here’s more good news: Fogerty will be reunited with it when he performs July 25 in Cooperstown, N.Y., as part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2010 induction ceremonies. And after the performance, Fogerty’s guitar will be put on display as part of an exhibit at the HOF.

“That guitar means a lot to me … there’s nothing else like it in the world, and I think ‘Slugger’ will be happy at the Baseball Hall of Fame,” the former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader said in a statement released July 7.

Fogerty is scheduled to perform “Centerfield” on July 25 prior to the class of 2010’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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