Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fargo, North Dakota: Big Bruce the Bat

The distinction of "world's biggest bat" depends on how you define your terms. Obviously, the huge bat in front of the Louisville Slugger factory in Kentucky is much bigger than the one shown here.

But "Big Bruce" has been verified as the world's largest wooden baseball bat by Guinness. It's 13 feet, 5 inches long with a circumference of 40 inches. That's a mighty big bat.

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks own it, and put the bat in their stadium in Fargo. Newman Outdoor Stadium is shared with North Dakota State. The bat was named after Bruce Thorn, the president of the RedHawks.

You can take a look at it during a game, or when visiting. It's close to the Maury Wills Museum, making a trip a two-fer.

By the way, the place's name comes from the Newman Outdoor Advertising Company, which bought the naming rights in 1998.

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