Bear with a Bat (Медведь с битой ). Lapta (Лапта) is the Russian form of baseball, and is similar to cricket. Mentions of this game have been found in medieval manuscripts, and balls and bats were found in the 14th-century excavations in Novgorod. Bogorodsk Toy Factory, Zagorsk region. Fine condition, well carved, late 20th century Bogorodsk. Purple Bogorodsk Bear back stamp on the bottom of the base with the signature of the carver (E. Shubatkin). 7" in height. 1 only.