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Championship Sunday at the 2013 Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament
Championship Sunday at the 2013 Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament
Published: 2013/08/12
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2017 OPENING DAY | MLW Wiffle Ball
2017 OPENING DAY | MLW Wiffle Ball
Published: 2017/05/08
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
Crazy WiffleBall Pitcher!!
Crazy WiffleBall Pitcher!!
Published: 2012/06/29
Channel: Brian Guillemette
2017 Twinsburg World Series of Wiffle Ball | MLW All-Stars
2017 Twinsburg World Series of Wiffle Ball | MLW All-Stars
Published: 2017/09/03
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
Wiffle Ball 12 - TRADE! - Labor Day Weekend Game - Bash Bros vs. Twins Game 4 - 7 innings
Wiffle Ball 12 - TRADE! - Labor Day Weekend Game - Bash Bros vs. Twins Game 4 - 7 innings
Published: 2016/09/06
Channel: O'Donnell Sports Entertainment
100 NASTY Wiffle®Ball Pitches
100 NASTY Wiffle®Ball Pitches
Published: 2014/06/26
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July 18 Highlights | MLW Wiffle Ball 2017
July 18 Highlights | MLW Wiffle Ball 2017
Published: 2017/07/20
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
2017 ALL-STAR GAME | MLW Wiffle Ball
2017 ALL-STAR GAME | MLW Wiffle Ball
Published: 2017/07/08
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
Game 1| Wiffle Ball Tournament(Red Sox Vs Dodgers)
Game 1| Wiffle Ball Tournament(Red Sox Vs Dodgers)
Published: 2017/05/14
Channel: Ellery Campbell
Our Wiffleball Bat Collection/Review
Our Wiffleball Bat Collection/Review
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: oakleafwiffleleague
Rio Rancho man builds wiffle ball field from scratch
Rio Rancho man builds wiffle ball field from scratch
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: KRQE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME! Blitzball Wiffleball Tournament!
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME! Blitzball Wiffleball Tournament!
Published: 2017/07/20
Channel: Mighty Goat
June 26 Highlights | MLW Wiffle Ball
June 26 Highlights | MLW Wiffle Ball
Published: 2017/06/30
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
Wiffle Ball: Meet the Family Behind America’s Childhood Game | #NextGen
Wiffle Ball: Meet the Family Behind America’s Childhood Game | #NextGen
Published: 2015/10/21
Channel: Mashable Studios
BLITZBALL WIFFLE BALL TOURNAMENT! COUPLE vs. COUPLE!
BLITZBALL WIFFLE BALL TOURNAMENT! COUPLE vs. COUPLE!
Published: 2017/07/12
Channel: Mighty Goat
Tabbit Field Wiffle Ball (GAME1  4/30/17 )
Tabbit Field Wiffle Ball (GAME1 4/30/17 )
Published: 2017/05/01
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2014 Blitzball Wiffleball Top 10 Plays
2014 Blitzball Wiffleball Top 10 Plays
Published: 2015/01/04
Channel: oakleafwiffleleague
MY GIRLFRIEND HIT THE LONGEST HOME RUN EVER! Blitzball Wiffle Ball Tournament | Game 2
MY GIRLFRIEND HIT THE LONGEST HOME RUN EVER! Blitzball Wiffle Ball Tournament | Game 2
Published: 2017/07/17
Channel: Mighty Goat
ANKIT CHALLENGED ME! | Major League Wiffleball #4 | Kleschka Vlogs
ANKIT CHALLENGED ME! | Major League Wiffleball #4 | Kleschka Vlogs
Published: 2017/08/12
Channel: Austin Kleschka
Little Fenway Wiffle Ball | Green Monsters Pool Play | Slam Diabetes Tournament
Little Fenway Wiffle Ball | Green Monsters Pool Play | Slam Diabetes Tournament
Published: 2016/07/24
Channel: Erich Schwer
Wiffle Ball Pitching Tutorial | MLW
Wiffle Ball Pitching Tutorial | MLW
Published: 2016/10/10
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
June 19 Highlights | MLW Wiffle Ball
June 19 Highlights | MLW Wiffle Ball
Published: 2017/06/20
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
2017 HOME RUN DERBY | MLW Wiffle Ball
2017 HOME RUN DERBY | MLW Wiffle Ball
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
GoPro | Winter Wiffle Ball | Little Fenway | HD
GoPro | Winter Wiffle Ball | Little Fenway | HD
Published: 2014/02/14
Channel: Erich Schwer
Wiffle Ball | Green Monsters | CHAMPIONSHIP
Wiffle Ball | Green Monsters | CHAMPIONSHIP
Published: 2016/08/10
Channel: Erich Schwer
World Series Game 4 | MLW Wiffle Ball 2016
World Series Game 4 | MLW Wiffle Ball 2016
Published: 2016/09/19
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
The Longest Game in MLW History | MLW Wiffle Ball
The Longest Game in MLW History | MLW Wiffle Ball
Published: 2017/07/27
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
World Series Game 1 | MLW Wiffle Ball 2017
World Series Game 1 | MLW Wiffle Ball 2017
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
May 15 Highlights | MLW Wiffle Ball
May 15 Highlights | MLW Wiffle Ball
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
Wiffle Ball with Cardinals Joe Mather and Brendan Ryan
Wiffle Ball with Cardinals Joe Mather and Brendan Ryan
Published: 2012/04/25
Channel: stweekly
Backyard Wiffleball Tournament Game 1: Bel Air vs. Fanboy
Backyard Wiffleball Tournament Game 1: Bel Air vs. Fanboy
Published: 2015/06/28
Channel: Annual Backyard Wiffleball Tournament
2016 Home Run Derby | MLW Wiffle Ball
2016 Home Run Derby | MLW Wiffle Ball
Published: 2016/07/14
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
2017 Wiffle Ball World Series
2017 Wiffle Ball World Series
Published: 2017/08/08
Channel: Trevor Christiansen
World Series Game 5 | MLW Wiffle Ball 2017
World Series Game 5 | MLW Wiffle Ball 2017
Published: 2017/08/24
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
May 28 Highlights | MLW Wiffle Ball
May 28 Highlights | MLW Wiffle Ball
Published: 2017/05/29
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
THIS MONTH IN WIFFLEBALL (episode 34)
THIS MONTH IN WIFFLEBALL (episode 34)
Published: 2014/05/04
Channel: hmpfilms
World Series Game 2 | MLW Wiffle Ball 2017
World Series Game 2 | MLW Wiffle Ball 2017
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
Top 5 Longest Blitzball Wiffleball Home Runs of 2016
Top 5 Longest Blitzball Wiffleball Home Runs of 2016
Published: 2017/01/08
Channel: oakleafwiffleleague
KNUCKLEBALLS ONLY CHALLENGE! (THINGS GOT WEIRD) Blitzball Wiffle Ball Game
KNUCKLEBALLS ONLY CHALLENGE! (THINGS GOT WEIRD) Blitzball Wiffle Ball Game
Published: 2017/07/30
Channel: Mighty Goat
INSANE BLITZBALL GAME! Wiffle Ball Game #2
INSANE BLITZBALL GAME! Wiffle Ball Game #2
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: Mighty Goat
Wiffleball Game: Kids vs Parents
Wiffleball Game: Kids vs Parents
Published: 2015/08/13
Channel: Hyperbeam
2017 League Update | MLW Wiffle Ball
2017 League Update | MLW Wiffle Ball
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
June 12 Highlights | MLW Wiffle Ball
June 12 Highlights | MLW Wiffle Ball
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
Fox Lake Wiffle Ball Tournament - Semifinals - The Process @ The Apes
Fox Lake Wiffle Ball Tournament - Semifinals - The Process @ The Apes
Published: 2015/08/16
Channel: Fox Lake Wiffle Ball
TOP 5 WIFFLEBALL FIELDS OF ALL TIME!!!
TOP 5 WIFFLEBALL FIELDS OF ALL TIME!!!
Published: 2016/12/09
Channel: Dream League Wiffle Ball
June 4 Highlights | MLW Wiffle Ball
June 4 Highlights | MLW Wiffle Ball
Published: 2017/06/06
Channel: MLW Wiffle Ball
THIS MONTH IN WIFFLEBALL (episode 61)
THIS MONTH IN WIFFLEBALL (episode 61)
Published: 2017/09/09
Channel: hmpfilms
ONE HANDED SWINGS ONLY! Blitzball Wiffle Ball Game!
ONE HANDED SWINGS ONLY! Blitzball Wiffle Ball Game!
Published: 2017/09/16
Channel: Mighty Goat
THIS MONTH IN WIFFLEBALL (episode 60)
THIS MONTH IN WIFFLEBALL (episode 60)
Published: 2017/08/04
Channel: hmpfilms
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Published: 2010/05/05
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A Wiffle bat and ball

Wiffle ball is a variation of the sport of baseball designed for indoor or outdoor play in confined areas. It is also known in some places as "Wiffer Ball". The game is played using a perforated, light-weight, resilient plastic ball and a long, typically yellow, plastic bat.

History[edit]

Miniature versions of baseball have been played for decades, including stickball, improvised by children, using everything from rolled up socks to tennis balls. The ball most commonly used in the game was invented by David N. Mullany at his home in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1953[1] 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". The classic trademarked Wiffle Ball is about the same size as a regulation baseball, but is hollow, lightweight, of resilient plastic, no more than 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick. One half is perforated with eight .75-inch (19 mm) oblong holes; the other half is non-perforated. This construction allows pitchers to throw a tremendous variety of curveballs and risers. Wiffle balls are typically packaged with a hollow, hard plastic, yellow bat that measures 32 inches (810 mm) in length and about 1.25 inches (32 mm) in diameter.

The game[edit]

Wiffleball being played in a park

The game became popular nationwide by the 1960s,[citation needed] and is played in backyards and on city streets and beaches. The game is similar to baseball, and can be played by between two and ten players.[2]

Tournaments[edit]

Tournaments have been the driving force in modern wiffle ball and have been held in the United States and Europe since 1977. That year, Rick Ferroli began holding tournaments in his backyard tribute to Fenway Park in Hanover, Massachusetts.[3] In 1980, the World Wiffleball Championship was established in Mishawaka, Indiana. With the explosion of the Internet in the 1990s, there are now hundreds of Wiffle ball tournaments played in the United States, most in the same place every year, with a few tournament "circuits". The World Wiffleball Championship remains the oldest tournament in the nation, having moved to Skokie, Illinois in 2013, after introducing regional stops over three decades in Baltimore; Los Angeles; Indianapolis; Eugene, Oregon; and Barcelona, Spain. The tournament is featured at #20 in the popular book, "101 Baseball Places to Visit Before You Strike Out."

Fields[edit]

Some wiffle ball enthusiasts have taken field construction to inspiring heights, having built fields to resemble major league ballparks. Thomas P. Hannon, Jr. authored a book, Backyard Ball, on his experiences building a smaller version of Ebbets Field. Patrick M. O'Connor wrote a book, Little Fenway, about building his versions of Fenway Park and Wrigley Field.[4] But not all wiffleball fields have been modeled from major league ball parks. Some have created original fields, Strawberry Field in Encino, California being the most exquisite. Rick Messina spent over $700,000 constructing Strawberry Field, which features lights for night games, bleachers, and a press box.[5] He also converted a neighboring house into a clubhouse/pub.[6]

Building fields can lead to controversy and legal issues. In 2008, The New York Times published an article about Greenwich, Connecticut teenagers who were forced by the city to tear down a wiffle ball field they had built because of neighbor complaints.[7]

Safety controversy in spring 2011[edit]

In April 2011, the government of the State of New York proclaimed that wiffle ball, as well as kickball, freeze tag and dodgeball were "unsafe" and a "significant risk of injury" for children, and declared that any summer camp program that included two or more of such activities would be subject to government regulation.[8] The story often became a source of ridicule and amusement, with Parenting.com sarcastically commenting "According to new legislation introduced in New York State, to survive classic schoolyard games like capture the flag is to cheat death."[9] Wiffle ball executives originally thought the order was a "joke". The company has never been sued over safety issues in its 50+ year history.[10] The disapproval of people from across the nation pressured the New York legislature to remove wiffle ball and many other entries from the list of high risk activities, such as archery and scuba diving, that require state government oversight.[11]

In popular culture[edit]

Wiffle brand products play a central role in Wiffle Ball Summer: The Ride of the Elmoron.[12] The nonfiction title was released in 2011 and details a bicycle journey taken by a man with a wiffle ball bat strapped to his bike frame. The final destination of his journey in the story is a large wiffle ball tournament in Lafayette, Ohio.

In his book The Complete Far Side, cartoonist Gary Larson reproduces a letter he received after including a "wiffle bat" in his cartoon. The letter contains language from Wiffle Ball Incorporated's attorneys: "In the future, when you use the brand name WIFFLE, the entire brand should be capitalized, and it should only be used in reference to a product currently manufactured by The Wiffle Ball, Inc."[13]

In science, it is frequently used by marine biologists as a size reference in photos to measure corals and other objects.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What's 50, Curvy And Full of Air?; It's the Wiffle Ball, Still Popular, Holes and All". The New York Times. August 14, 2003. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Wiffle Ball, Inc. - A Brief History". www.wiffle.com. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Wiffleball: A Connecticut invention that keeps giving back". 
  4. ^ "Official Site of the Little Fenway Wiffle Ball Field Located in Jericho, VT". Little Fenway. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Wiffle Ball Hits Home – Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. October 11, 2000. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ Wiffle Ball: The Ultimate Guide by Michael Hermann, pages 107–110
  7. ^ Peter Applebome (July 10, 2008). "Our Towns – Build a Wiffle Ball Field and Lawyers Will Come". The New York Times. Greenwich, Connecticut. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ Blain, Glenn (April 19, 2011). "Classic kids games like kickball deemed unsafe by state in effort to increase summer camp regulation – New York Daily News". Articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Playground Games Deemed Unsafe for Kids". Parenting.com. April 20, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ Blain, Glenn (April 20, 2011). "Wiffle Ball creators call scrapped New York state listing of backyard game as dangerous 'ridiculous' – New York Daily News". Articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ "State Officials Back Off Regulating Freeze Tag, Kids' Games". NBC New York. April 19, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Wiffle Ball Summer: The Ride of the Elmoron eBook: Geoffrey Arthur Drewyor, Art Drewyor, Eric J. Neeb: Kindle Store". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ Larson, Gary (2003). The Complete Far Side. 2. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 71. ISBN 0-7407-2113-5. 
  14. ^ "Live Webcams: Scientists Studying Corals Damaged by Oil in the Gulf of Mexico". Penn State Science. 25 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "PHOTOS & VIDEO". Nautilus Live. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 

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