A Brief History of Wiffle Ball

A Wiffle ball is a lightweight, plastic baseball that curves when you throw it right. Sure, you've played with them! Mental_floss has its origin story and the run down on the most pressing question you ever had about Wiffle balls.  

What's with the name?

Like a lot of baseball fans, Mullany's son and his friends referred to strikeouts as "whiffs." Since the new invention made knee-buckling curveballs a breeze to throw, pitchers started racking up the punchouts. Mullany named the product the Wiffle Ball to honor its strikeout-friendly breaks.

Why no "h" if the ball is named after whiffs?

The Mullanys allegedly nixed the "h" to save money if they ever had to buy a sign for their fledgling enterprise.

You'll also find out about the serious sport of competitive Wiffle ball. Link

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I have fond memories of playing wiffle ball on our street with other kids from the neighborhood. We used an old wooden baseball bat that was split in half. Could use either the flat side or the round side depending on what you wanted to do. Fun times. AND-it cut down on broken windows.
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