Baseball Bat Tree

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 8, 2009 at 6:20 PM EDT

An Otsego County resort is carving out a new attraction that's sure to appeal to baseball fans...

And could also win a world record.

Action News reporter Gabe Osterhout has the story.

The sound of a chainsaw echoed through the Cooperstown All-Star Village Resort in West Oneonta.

Last week, during a Little League championship game at the resort, lightening struck a 120 foot tall tree in front of the Players Village.

You can still see a notch in the back, where lighting hit the tree.

Instead of cutting the tree down, owners got an idea.

"My concern was it was the most majestic tree on the property and it was right there at the entrance of the player village so the first thing that came to my mind when I looked at it after he removed the limbs was a baseball bat," says owner Martin Patton.

Players and parents staying at the resort watched as chainsaw artists Hal Macintosh, got to work.

"We're just carving a really tall baseball bat," Macintosh says.

Not just an ordinary bat.

The bat will be a 50 feet high replica of the Wonderboy bat, carved by Robert Redford's character in the movie The Natural.

"It's fitting because its all about baseball. It's all about the purity of baseball and of course that's what this property is all about. It services children 12 and under, teams that come from all across the country," Patton says.

Macintosh expects to finish the bat by the end of the day.

In Oneonta, Gabe Osterhout, WBNG-TV Action News.

Owners say they will call the Guinness Book of World Records to see if this tree qualifies as the largest wooden bat ever made.

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