Ever Wonder How Wiffle Ball Started? Here’s Your Answer!
The year was 1953 in Fairfield, Connecticut, when a guy by the name of David Mullany Sr. developed a plastic baseball with holes in it which made the ball curve when it was thrown. He invented it on this day, August 14, 1953 for his 13-year-old son and it became known as the “Whiffle Ball”. Its name came from the common phrase of striking out being known as a “whiff”.
The whiffle ball became extremely popular in the 50s and 60s, and has seen a resurgence of interest lately with whiffle ball leagues popping up around the country. I grew up in the whiffle ball era, and even cut my family’s backyard grass to form a baseball field for my brother and I along with our friends to play whiffle ball during the summer.
I trust there isn’t a kid out there that hasn’t played with a whiffle ball at least one time in his or her lifetime. One thing for sure, it didn’t break windows like a real ball did, and it was invented 60 years ago today.