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Tuesday 17 January 2017

Babe's GAA bat up for auction

Published 05/09/2011 | 05:00

A bat presented to a Tipperary hurling star, Frank McGrath, in New York in 1926, by legendary baseball player Babe Ruth is up for auction.

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The original Spalding B12 bat will go under the hammer as a cache of GAA medals and programmes and rare books are sold at Mealy's Auction House in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, on September 28.

Legend has it that McGrath threw a sliotar at Ruth before the men exchanged a hurley and a baseball bat at the civic reception organised by the Irish mayor of New York, 'Beau James' Walker, at the Astor Hotel in May 1926.

George F Mealy, from the auction house, said it was "attractively" priced at an estimated €4,000 to €5,000.

Irish Independent

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