"Two hundred and eleven good baseball bats," indeed. Good baseball bats are crafted from ash and hickory, not oak! Where is Ross Snellings when you really need him?
Of course, if the tree must go -- then think of all the good oak picture frames that could be made for photographs of the Old Forest Hills Golf Club House, or frames to surround Joyce Kilmer's poem Trees.
Why even rustic plaques could be fashioned upon which arts and crafts students at the new consolidated school could etch those burning words: "Woodman spare that tree. Touch not a single bough, in my youth it sheltered me, and I'll protect it now." There would even be enough wood left over to put a new hardwood floor in the Old Club House. ...