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Wiffle ball.

Wiffle ball.

Wiffle ball

when he designed a ball that curved easily for his 12-year-old son. It was named when his son and his friends would refer to a strikeout as a "whiff". The Wiffle Ball is about the same size as a regulation baseball, but is hollow, lightweight, of resilient plastic, and no more than 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick. One half is perforated with eight .75-inch (19 mm) oblong holes; the other half is non-perforated. This construction allows pitchers to throw a tremendous variety of curveballs and risers.

In 1980, the World Wiffle Ball Championship was established in Mishawaka, Indiana by Jim Bottorff and Larry Grau. With the explosion of the Internet in the 1990s, there are now hundreds of Wiffle ball tournaments played in the United States, most in the same place every year, with a few tournament "circuits". The World Wiffle Ball Championship remains the oldest tournament in the nation, having moved to the Chicago suburbs in 2013, after introducing regional stops over three decades in Baltimore; Los Angeles; Indianapolis; Eugene, Oregon; and Barcelona, Spain. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Wiffle ball is a variant of baseball played with a plastic perforated ball. Eight three-quarter-inch, oblong holes cover half the ball’s surface area, while the other hemisphere is uninterrupted. Originally designed to relieve the arm of a young baseball pitcher (the son of its inventor, David N. Mullany), the ball achieves a curving trajectory without requiring the pitcher to impart spin or hurl at top speed. Each ball is packaged with instructions for how to release it in order to achieve various effects—with the perforations up for a straight ball, toward the pitcher’s thumb for a curve, and toward the outer fingers for a slider. (Source: www.theatlantic.com)

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Patented in 1957, the lightweight plastic Wiffle Ball comes with slots on one side to make it easier to throw curves and other pitches without putting undue stress on young arms. It was invented three years earlier by David Mullany, who got the idea after watching his namesake son playing a makeshift game of baseball with his brother and friends in the front yard of their home. Instead of a regulation ball and bat, they were using a plastic golf ball and broomstick in an attempt to keep from breaking windows or having to chase home runs down the street. (Source: www.smithsonianmag.com)

Mullany is proud that his grandfather’s invention was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2017. He won’t say exactly how many Wiffle Balls have been produced by his company but does acknowledge that it is well in excess of 100 million. Demand is higher than ever as newer generations discover the fun of playing with the unique invention on sandlots, at ball fields or in their own backyards. (Source: www.smithsonianmag.com)

What started as an idea to raise a few bucks and play our favorite backyard game, has translated into an amazing fundraising effort by the entire community. The inaugural year, 2010, started us off with a little over $3,000 raised. This past year, our 10th year of the tournament, smashed our recent fundraising record. 64 teams and so many generous donors helped combine to raise over $26,000. All total, the tournament has raised almost $85,000 for the cause. We are excited to work towards making this year’s tournament the best one yet! (Source: give.nephcure.org)

Its not about the size of your stick...Its about hitting the sweet spot!! Wiffle Ball, is a slow pitch story about childhood dreams fading into adulthood. Inspired by the beauty and beast of competition and how some people take some things waaay too seriously. The film centers around four young competitors: Rickey Runner, Barry Batter, Petey Pitcher and Casey Cather on beautiful game day. As the film begins, we see the players in the middle of critical and of course crucial play. What happens next is of extreme hilarity. Here it comes...there it goes. Wiffle Ball is a side-splitting short film that applauds the sport while commenting on some of the knuckleheads who play it. Set in a sultry New England backyard during the heart of autumn. Back, back, back, back, GONE. (Source: www.imdb.com)

 

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