Wiffle ball Information

Wiffleball is a variation of the sport of baseball designed for indoor or outdoor play in confined areas. The game is played using a perforated, light-weight, rubbery plastic ball and a long, plastic bat.

The Wiffle ball was invented by David N. Mullany of Fairfield, Connecticut in 1953 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". A classic Wiffle ball is about the same size as a regulation baseball, but is hollow plastic no more than 1/8th inch thick. One hemisphere is perforated with eight .75 inches oblong holes, with a solid second hemisphere. This construction allows pitchers to throw a tremendous variety and size of curveballs, sinkers, and risers. Wiffle balls are typically packaged with a hollow, hard plastic, yellow bat that measures 32 inches in length and about 1.25 inches in diameter.

The game of wiffleball, which sprang from the invention of the popular Wiffle ball, became popular as a backyard, sandlot and picnic game in the 1960s and 1970s. Since 1980, the game has also exploded as an organized sport, with many successful sports leagues and tournaments now played across the United States and as far away as Spain. These competitions have been known to draw dozens of teams or more, typically consisting of two to five players per team, with widely varying rules and field dimensions.

Wikipedia, Wiffle ball, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiffle_ball (as of Mar 18, 2010)

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