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Legendary baseball star Babe Ruth’s bat is up for auction at the end of the month.

Am original  Babe bat, presented to Tipperary hurling star Frank McGrath by the man himself in 1926, is already attracting huge interest from home and abroad.

The Babe Ruth bat just one of a number of items listed for sale at an auction house in the home of the new All-Ireland champions.

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Mealy’s Auction House in Castlecomer will host the sale on September 28th when the Babe Ruth bat will go under the hammer.

“It is an attractive item and already proving popular,” said auctioneer George Mealy.

The original Spalding B12 bat is expected to fetch up to $8,000 when it is listed alongside a collection of GAA medals, match programmes and rare books.

The story goes that McGrath threw a sliotar (hurling ball) at Ruth before the men exchanged a hurley and a baseball bat at a civic reception organized by the Irish mayor of New York, Jimmy Walker, at the Astor Hotel in May, 1926.