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Baseball Balls

Baseball Balls

A baseball ball is  the ball players use in the sport of baseball. So,  no surprises there. A rubber cork centers the ball. Next, they wrap the core in yarn. Then, they construct the ball by tightly stitching together two strips of white cowhide or horsehide. The ball is 9 inches to 9.25 inches in circumference (228.6-234.95 mm) the diameter is usually 2.86 - 2.94 inches or 72.64-74.68 mm and weighs 5-5.25 ounces (141.75-148.83 g). The yarn used to wrap these baseball balls is up to one mile in span, (1.6 km). [product_tag tags="baseball-balls"]

Brief History

A significant attribute of baseball balls is the stitching that keeps the covering of the entire ball together. After pitching a ball, the raised stitches do act like the wings of an aircraft, catching the wind, and making the ball to swerve slightly and bend on its route to the catcher. The ball may veer to any direction, to the left, to the right, downward, or thereof a combination. It could also swerve sharply or gradually as well. All these conditions happen to depend on how fast the stitches rotate when the pitcher releases the ball.

Diversity

In the beginning, around the late 1800s, there was a wide variety of the characteristics of baseball balls. These characteristics include weight, shape, size, and methods of manufacturing. Old, melted shoes were melted and used to make the rubber cores in early baseball. Manufacturers would then wrap these cores in yarn and leather. Some places used fish eyes as Cores.

Standardization

In the 1850s, the teams in New York attempted to standardize the baseball balls. They made decisions on the weight and standard circumference on all game balls. The balls were all hand made, and thus the variations were factored in. Tighter windings and more rubber on baseballs resulted in balls flying further and faster. In addition, balls with less rubber and looser windings do not travel as far or as fast. They became known as dead balls. By 1876, with the National League created, standard regulations for baseball balls came into effect in all games. So now baseball balls are very similar from one brand to the next.
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