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Monday 19 March 2018

Babe's GAA bat up for auction

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.

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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