Wiffle ball

Wiffle ball 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, resilient plastic ball and a long, typically yellow, plastic bat.

Wiffle bat and ball
A Wiffle bat and ball

History

Miniature versions of baseball have been played for decades, including stickball, improvised by children, using everything from rolled up socks to tennis balls. The ball most commonly used in the game was invented by David N. Mullany at his home in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1953[1] 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 classic trademarked 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. Wiffle balls are typically packaged with a hollow, hard plastic, yellow bat that measures 32 inches (810 mm) in length and about 1.25 inches (32 mm) in diameter.

Game

Game of wiffleball
Wiffleball being played in a park

The game became popular nationwide by the 1960s, and is played in backyards, on city streets, and on beaches. The game is similar to baseball, and is designed for 2–10 players.[2]

Wiffle ball
A wiffleball, showing the perforated half, which allows for easy curvature while pitching.

Tournaments

Tournaments have been the driving force in modern wiffle ball and have been held in the United States and Europe since 1977. That year, Rick Ferroli began holding tournaments in his backyard tribute to Fenway Park in Hanover, Massachusetts.[3] In 1980, the World Wiffleball 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 Wiffleball 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.[4] The tournament is featured at #27 in the popular book, "101 Baseball Places to Visit Before You Strike Out."[5]

There is a national fast pitch tournament every summer held in Morenci, Michigan as well. This tournament determines which league is the best in the country. It is called the NWLA Tournament.[6]

The Super 20

The Super 20 is a list of the top 20 wiffleball teams in the world, which is based on the final results from the World Wiffleball Championship. The current Super 20 is as follows (as of July 16, 2018):[7]

  1. Cult West Warriors, South Bend, IN
  2. Funky Plastic Offspring, Mishawaka, IN
  3. New Carlisle Newts, New Carlisle, IN
  4. Balco Boys, Mishawaka, IN
  5. Bloomfield Bombers, Palatine, IL
  6. Warsaw Whitecats, Warsaw, IN
  7. Lombard Lightning, Lombard, IL
  8. Clutch Players, South Bend, IN
  9. Granger Panthers, Granger, IN
  10. Maple City Magic, LaPorte, IN
  11. Woo Crew, Chicago, IL
  12. Club Ripped, Munster, IN
  13. Loweriders, Chicago, IL
  14. The Cousins, Wheaton, IL
  15. Alpha Team, St. Louis, MO
  16. Stache Bros, Woodridge, IL
  17. Hudson Lake Heat, Rolling Prairie, IN
  18. Hadler’s Heartwarming Chili, Arlington Heights, IL
  19. Great Lakes Godfathers, Niles, MI
  20. Bolingbrook Pilgrims, Bolingbrook, IL

Fields

Some wiffle ball enthusiasts have taken field construction to inspiring heights, having built fields to resemble major league ballparks. Thomas P. Hannon, Jr. authored a book, Backyard Ball, on his experiences building a smaller version of Ebbets Field. Patrick M. O'Connor wrote a book, Little Fenway, about building his versions of Fenway Park and Wrigley Field.[8] But not all wiffleball fields have been modeled from major league ball parks. Some have created original fields, Strawberry Field in Encino, California being the most exquisite. Rick Messina spent over $700,000 constructing Strawberry Field, which features lights for night games, bleachers, and a press box.[9] He also converted a neighboring house into a clubhouse/pub.[10]

Building fields can lead to controversy and legal issues. In 2008, The New York Times published an article about Greenwich, Connecticut teenagers who were forced by the city to tear down a wiffle ball field they had built because of neighbor complaints.[11]

Safety controversy in the spring of 2011

In April 2011, the government of the State of New York proclaimed that wiffle ball, as well as kickball, freeze tag and dodgeball were "unsafe" and a "significant risk of injury" for children, and declared that any summer camp program that included two or more of such activities would be subject to "government regulation".[12] The story became a frequent source of ridicule and amusement, with Parenting.com sarcastically commenting, "According to new legislation introduced in New York State, to survive classic schoolyard games like capture the flag is to cheat death.[13] Wiffle ball executives originally thought the order was a joke. The company has never been sued over safety issues in its 50+ year history.[14] The disapproval of people from across the nation pressured the New York legislature to remove wiffle ball and many other entries from the list of high-risk activities, such as "archery" and "scuba diving", that require state government oversight.[15]

In popular culture

Wiffle brand products play a central role in Wiffle Ball Summer: The Ride of the Elmoron.[16] The nonfiction title was released in 2011 and details a bicycle journey taken by a man with a wiffle ball bat strapped to his bike frame. The final destination of his journey in the story is a large wiffle ball tournament in Lafayette, Ohio.

In his book The Complete Far Side, cartoonist Gary Larson reproduces a letter he received after including a "wiffle bat" in his cartoon. The letter contains language from Wiffle Ball Incorporated's attorneys: "In the future, when you use the brand name WIFFLE, the entire brand should be capitalized, and it should only be used in reference to a product currently manufactured by The Wiffle Ball, Inc."[17]

In science, it is frequently used by marine biologists as a size reference in photos to measure corals and other objects.[18][19]

References

  1. ^ "What's 50, Curvy And Full of Air?; It's the Wiffle Ball, Still Popular, Holes and All". The New York Times. August 14, 2003. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  2. ^ "The Wiffle Ball, Inc. – A Brief History". www.wiffle.com. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "Wiffleball: A Connecticut invention that keeps giving back".
  4. ^ "World Wiffle Ball Championship".
  5. ^ "101 Baseball Places to Visit Before You Strike Out".
  6. ^ "Official Site of the NWLA Tournament". NWLA Tournament. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Super 20". November 26, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Official Site of the Little Fenway Wiffle Ball Field Located in Jericho, VT". Little Fenway. Archived from the original on February 2, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  9. ^ "Wiffle Ball Hits Home – Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. October 11, 2000. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  10. ^ Wiffle Ball: The Ultimate Guide by Michael Hermann, pages 107–110
  11. ^ Peter Applebome (July 10, 2008). "Our Towns – Build a Wiffle Ball Field and Lawyers Will Come". The New York Times. Greenwich, Connecticut. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  12. ^ Blain, Glenn (April 19, 2011). "Classic kids games like kickball deemed "unsafe" by state in effort to increase summer camp regulation – New York Daily News". Articles.nydailynews.com. Archived from the original on December 24, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  13. ^ "Playground Games Deemed Unsafe for Kids". Parenting.com. April 20, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  14. ^ Blain, Glenn (April 20, 2011). "Wiffle Ball creators call scrapped New York state listing of backyard game as dangerous 'ridiculous' – New York Daily News". Articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  15. ^ "State Officials Back Off Regulating Freeze Tag, Kids' Games". NBC New York. April 19, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  16. ^ "Wiffle Ball Summer: The Ride of the Elmoron eBook: Geoffrey Arthur Drewyor, Art Drewyor, Eric J. Neeb: Kindle Store". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  17. ^ Larson, Gary (2003). The Complete Far Side. 2. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 71. ISBN 0-7407-2113-5.
  18. ^ "Live Webcams: Scientists Studying Corals Damaged by Oil in the Gulf of Mexico". Penn State Science. June 25, 2014.
  19. ^ "PHOTOS & VIDEO". Nautilus Live. Retrieved April 30, 2015.

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Brockway Motor Company

Brockway Motor Company was a builder of custom heavy-duty trucks in Cortland, New York, from 1912 to 1977. It was founded as Brockway Carriage Works in 1875 by William Brockway. His son George Brockway later turned the carriages into a truck manufacturer in 1909.

During World War II Brockway manufactured the B666 heavy truck, including the B666 Daybrook M-II-A bridge erector and C666 Quick Way crane, as well as G547 and G690 6-ton 6×6 bridging trucks, part of a standard design series also built by Corbitt and White. G547 "Treadway" trucks had a large hoist on the rear for self-unloading, while the G690 chassis were fitted with "Quickway" cranes, also used in bridging operations.The company was purchased by Mack Trucks Inc. in August 1956 and remained a division of Mack until its closing in June 1977. Mack cited "union troubles" for the closure.All 6-ton military trucks (of all manufacturers) had Hercules HXD 855 cu in (14.0 L) I6 gasoline engines, developing 202 hp (151 kW) at 2150 rpm and 642 lbf⋅ft (870 N⋅m) of torque at 900 rpm.Brockway commercial trucks primarily used Cummins engines, though many were powered by Detroit Diesels. Some Brockway trucks were equipped with inline six engines fitted with Rochester 2G (DualJet) carburetors.There is a Brockway Truck show in Cortland each year with many events occurring at the official Brockway Museum located in Homer, NY at the Central New York Living History Center.The hood ornament used by Brockway was a husky dog with pulling harness, thus giving Cortland the nickname of "Huskie Town USA".

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Dizzy bat

Dizzy bat (also known as Louisville chugger, D-bat, and The Spins) is a drinking game in which the participant chugs a full beer out of the holding end of a Wiffle ball bat. While the person is chugging, the surrounding participants count off in seconds how long it takes for the person to finish the full beer. The other players cannot stop shouting numbers until the batter turns the bat upside down to prove that every last drop has been consumed.The participant must then lean over and spin around with their forehead placed on the end of the bat for however long it took to finish chugging. Once the participant has finished spinning, another person tosses the empty beer can in the air, and the participant must hit the can with the Wiffle ball bat. If the participant misses the can, they must spin an additional three times and try again to hit it again.

Elmore, Ohio

Elmore is a village in Ottawa and Sandusky counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 1,410 at the 2010 census.

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Fly's Eye Dome

The Fly's Eye Dome was a structure designed in 1965 by R. Buckminster Fuller. Inspired by the eye of a fly, Fuller designed the dome as his idea of the affordable, portable home of the future, with windows and openings in the dome to hold solar panels and systems for water collection, thus allowing the dome to be self sufficient. Before his death in 1983, he hand-built three prototypes of the design:

A 12-foot prototype is currently owned by Norman Foster.

A 24-foot prototype is currently owned by Craig Robins.

A 50-foot prototype acquired by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas and installed in 2017.A new version of the Fly's Eye Dome standing at 24 feet was built in 2014 in Miami under guidance from The Buckminster Fuller Institute.

Goodyear Ballpark

Goodyear Ballpark is a stadium in Goodyear, Arizona (a western suburb of Phoenix) and part of a $108 million baseball complex that is the current spring training home of the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds. The stadium opened to the public with a grand opening ceremony on February 21, 2009 and held its first Cactus League spring training baseball game on February 25, 2009. The stadium complex is owned by the city of Goodyear and contains the main field with a seating capacity of 10,311 along with several practice fields and team offices.

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Goodyear Ballpark replaces Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Florida, as the Indians' spring training home, and Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida, as the Reds' spring training home. The stadium is primarily used for baseball but also hosts community events such as the City of Goodyear's Star Spangled 4th, Fall Festival, and Home Plate for the Holidays.

Jim Ford (actor)

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John S. Glas Field House

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List of skill toys

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Mike Leonard (journalist)

Michael Leonard (born November 30, 1947) is a retired American television journalist who formerly worked for The Today Show on NBC. Leonard was a feature correspondent for the Today Show for 31 years and is known for his stories on everyday life and the unique creative way he presents his work.

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Mike and his family have built a Wiffle Ball stadium in their front yard, Picture Show Park at the PineYards.

Pickleball

Pickleball is a paddle sport (similar to a racquet sport) that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a Wiffle Ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children's backyard pastime.

Rent One Park

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The stadium has a contemporary, non-traditional look, void of the common red brick and green steel common among ballparks around the United States.

One of the most unusual features of the new stadium is the roof, which slopes down toward the field. As a result, foul balls hit by players can sometimes roll back down for spectators to catch.

The Frontier League stadium is located roughly 120 miles southeast of St Louis on Interstate 57. There are over 3,400 standard armchair ballpark seats including wider chair seating behind home plate. Down the left field line and in the outfield is lawn seating that can accommodate over 2,000 fans. Rent One Park also has two picnic gardens: Budweiser Bullpen Bar-n-Grille down the right field line that can host as many as 250 people and the Rent One Picnic Garden located in the outfield with seating for over 500 people. The upper level features 14 luxury suites and an enclosed banquet area for approximately 200 persons.

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Slider

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The break on the pitch is shorter than that of the curveball, and the release technique is 'between' those of a curveball and a fastball. The slider is similar to the cutter, a fastball pitch, but is more of a breaking ball than the cutter. The slider is also known as a yakker or a snapper.

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Wiffle ball

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