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World’s Largest Baseball Bat, Louisville, Kentucky

We visited the US Botanic Garden’s annual “Season’s Greenings” display titled “Roadside Attractions” featuring plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States, with G gauge model trains chugging around, below, through and above the displays.

The World’s Largest Baseball Bat, made of hollow carbon steel, is 120 feet tall and weighs 34 tons. It is a replica of the bat that baseball legend Babe Ruth used during the 1920s. The giant bat is taller than the five-story building on which it rests, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, and serves as a plumbing vent for the bathrooms. The Louisville Slugger has been in production since 1884 and is America’s most famous type of baseball bat. Approximately half of pro bats are made from northern white ash and the other half from maple. In the past, hickory was also a popular wood for bats, but it is considered too heavy to meet the demands of today’s players.

Building materials: bat, driftwood; façade, grout; upper trim, shagbark hickory, cork, pear pods, cedrela; lower trim, birch sticks, winged euonymus, eucalyptus pods, hickory hull, willow; sidewalk, sea grape leaves

No pictures, please, posted earlier:

Nikon D810 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/160s f/5.6 at 52.0mm iso4000 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Julie Oldfield14-Dec-2017 01:26
Great color and light. V
Pieter Bos10-Dec-2017 20:37
Lovely colours and interesting documentation. ~V
Ton T.10-Dec-2017 15:36
Most beautiful image Helen! V
Charlene Ambrose10-Dec-2017 03:38
A fine re-production. I would love to see the real thing! V
LynnH10-Dec-2017 03:04
Another clever creation! Nice shot! V
Nick Paoni10-Dec-2017 03:03
This is so cool. I still have a Louisville Slugger that I'm looking forward to having our young grandson try when he's ready. I still can't get over the sound of the ball hitting those metal bats that are commonplace today.
Jim Coffman10-Dec-2017 02:06
That is one awesome bat.. WOW!!