Balls

Baseballs / Softballs

Baseball history

Back in the days a baseball came in different sizes and shapes. The ball was made with an rubber core wrapped in yarn leather. A pitcher made his own balls around the mid 1800’s and he convinced the national league to make this the official baseball and it remained for a century. In the early 1900’s, the cork-ball was introduced. They removed the rubber core and balls were hit faster than rubber core balls. They abrogated this type of balls and they began to make the baseballs with a machine. Players and fans believed this new ball helped batters hit farther. Milton Reach invented and patented his cushion-cork centre in the early 1900’s. Around the mid 1900’s the National League and the American League agreed to make the balls with an cushion-cork centre and standardized this baseball. The ball was made off an cushion-cork centre, two wrappings of yarn, a special rubber cementing coating, two more wrappings of yarn and finally a horsehide cover. Since then the baseball balls have gone trough only small changes. They switched in 1974 to cowhide instead of horsehide.

Softball history

The first softball game was played in 1887. They played with an rolled up boxing glove as the play ball and a stick. The ball was a soft ball, because the ball was made of a boxing glove. That’s why they didn’t play with an catching glove.

Nowadays they use a ball with an 12 inch circumference softball ball.

Usage

A softball ball and a baseball ball are used in game by the pitcher. A pitcher is the person that throws the ball to the catcher that’s catching the ball, but the batter is in front of the catcher and his goal is to hit the ball. If he hit the ball good and it is going far it is called a fly ball. There are 5 manners a pitcher throw a ball.

  • Fastball
  • Changeup
  • Slider
  • Curveball

All baseballs used by Major League Baseball consist of the same materials. An inner core is made of rubber-coated cork and then surrounded by three layers of wool yarn and a winding of cotton or polyester yarn. This core is coated in latex adhesive or rubber cement and covered with cowhide. Stitching is then done with red cotton thread to yield 216 raised cotton stitches. There are also balls that float on water. These balls are made with an polyurethane cover. We sell also plastic wiffle balls and balls with different seams. There are 2 types of seams. Rolled seams, this is used by the major league baseball because it features a less distinct elevation. The second type is flat seams, this is rarely used in a game because of the difficulty to grip.

Youth Baseballs and Softballs have a smaller size than the Adult Baseballs and Softballs. The sizes for youth baseballs are 8 or 8,5 inches big. Adult Baseballs have a regular size of 9 inches.

Youth softballs are often 10 or 11 inches big. Adult Softballs have a regular size of 12 inches.

Training baseballs/ Training softballs

We sell balls that help you improve you’re throw! It will improve you’re throwing speed (weighted balls), it learns you different types of throwing (perfect pitch) and it says how hard you’ve thrown the ball (bullet ball).

Brands

Adams

Adidas

All-Star

Atec

Axe Bat

Baum Bat

Benson

Blitzball

Bolco

Crep

Cutters

DeMarini

Easton

Evoshield

Franklin

Gorilla Gold

Jugs

Kenko

Lizard Skins

Louisville Slugger

Majestic

Markwort

Marucci

Masterpieces

Miken

Mizuno

Mitchess & Ness

Mpowered

New Balance

New Era

Nike

P2I

ProHitter

Rawlings

Richardson

SKLZ

Smitty

Trace

Twin City

Under Armour

Victus

Vulcan

Wilson

Worth

XO Athletic