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Wiffle Ball

There are no broke windows when playing Wiffle Ball, and every back yard can become Fenway Park. Uploaded by

It’s the only game where Justin Verlander can try to strike out Babe Ruth, and Albert Pujols can take Sandy Koufax deep. Take a simple plastic ball with eight holes in it, and a plastic bat, and you can have Fenway Park in your back yard.

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The official Wiffle Ball was created back in 1953 by a man named David Mullany in Connecticut. His ball is easy to curve, and harder to hit. One that stays in the back yard. And one that doesn’t break windows.

My boys played their version of Wiffle Ball (it’s actually trademarked) in our back yard for hours on end. The ball is easily cracked, unfortunately, so they’d wrap it with duct tape and keep on playing. We had a couple of trips to the emergency room along the way (partly a factor of the six years difference in their ages), but they loved playing – just as untold thousands of kids across America have for almost 60 years.

It’s amazing what some people can do with this ball:

It's easy to share with friends.