Humpday History Highlight

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August 14, 1953 – The Wiffle Ball Is Invented

The [wiffle] ball used in the game was invented by David N. Mullany at his home in 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 1/8 inch thick. One hemisphere is perforated with eight .75-inch 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.

Greatest. Invention. Of. All. Time. I spent my ute playing wiffle ball with my friends in my driveway. The best part was hitting a ball so hard it slammed into the douchey next-door neighbor’s car. Frak that crazy old coot.

Good times.

4 thoughts on “Humpday History Highlight

  1. Ingineer66

    Wiffle ball is awesome. I bet if I looked behind the back seat of my pickup there is a wiffle bat and ball just in case an impromptu game needs to be played somewhere.

  2. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Injineer – We also used the wiffle ball bats for playing baseball with a tennis ball. Just cut the top of the bat, stuffed newspaper inside, soaked the newspaper, and BAM! Instant Louisville Slugger!


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