Bat Art

The Cincinnati Reds couldn’t win a World Series trophy this year, so they did the next best thing—they made one. The Reds hired Tom Tsuchiya, Xavier’s resident sculptor, to build a 10-foot replica of the trophy for an artistic promotion put on by the city of Cincinnati in which all of the art was made out of baseball bats. Members of the University’s physical plant, notably carpenter Mike Millennor, pitched in. The piece brought some high-priced bids when it was auctioned off in November. Its buyer? The Florida Marlins, the upstart team that won the World Series with former Reds manager Jack McKeon at the helm. The price: $8,000.

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