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Sunday, November 13th, 2005
10:43 pm - i found this on Major League Wiffleball's website not too long ago.

theriotofpeace

Junk Balls

Pack of Junk Balls It's a great concept; a ball with a rotating center. Holes open = curveball. Holes closed = fastball. Pure genius. There are even scuffs on the ball for easier gripping, and to add to the curve effect.

We really liked the Junk Ball. The extra few ounces and the scuffs seemed to be the best features. It's a heavier ball, so it allowed pitchers to throw harder than usual. Using the scuffs as seams added more pitch control.

The rotating center is a great idea, but it takes a lot of effort out of pitching, which was one of the main reasons we didn't choose the official Wiffle Ball as the preferred ball of MLW several years ago. After a while, pitchers were throwing nearly all pitches with the holes closed, and adding their own movement when desired.

When hit, the added weight also made the Junk Ball travel farther than what we're used to. We quickly realized that the Junk Ball is not for use in small yards, unless you don't like your neighbors. In that case, we'd recommend using a real baseball, and hiring a good lawyer.

Some players hit the Junk Ball so hard that it knocked the rotating center out of alignment. It was easily repaired though. No one succeeded in breaking the red ring off the Junk Ball, so the ball seemed quite durable.

We all agreed that the Junk Ball is a great ball. However, like the company's name suggests, this ball might be better for little kids, since it allows pitchers to throw curveballs with very little effort, and the ball travels farther than a regular plastic ball.

We tested the Junk Ball in an open, grassy area, which seemed to be the most suitable place for adults to use it. We would not recommend using it in confined areas, such as typical backyard use, or on our home field, The Sac.

We'd like to thank Jason Engle from Little Kids, Inc. for providing us with the free Junk Ball samples. This ball is definitely worth playing with. Find a place to play, if you don't have one already, and head over to your local toy store to pick up a 2-pack of Junk Balls today!

Junk Ball Photo This is just simply too cool.



current mood: awake

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Sunday, October 16th, 2005
2:42 pm

theriotofpeace

Are you a wiffleball legend?



current mood: crazy

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Saturday, June 18th, 2005
1:45 pm - Wiffleball Awareness Week starts TODAY!!

jamaican_chica
I finally set up a week to be Wiffleball Awareness Week. This week is it!! Starting today!! So let's celebrate!!

~Julie

current mood: excited

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Friday, June 10th, 2005
10:34 am - a little something I found on yardball nation's website.

theriotofpeace

Monday, June 06, 2005

A Backyard Hit


David A. Mullany and his 12-year-old buddies just wanted to play ball that summer in 1952, but they kept fielding trouble. Broken windows, roughed-up shingles and then the worst: A baseball sailed through the arms of a mother hanging clothes on the line and it smashed her porch light.

When even tennis balls landed them in hot water, Mullany rummaged in the garage and found some plastic practice golf balls. Finally, they could play ball in peace in his backyard in Fairfield, Conn.
We'd play eight hours a day, recalls Mullany, now 64.

While the boys were no longer knocking out windows with errant baseballs, Mullany's father discovered another problem. Dad could see us trying to throw a curve and screwing up our arms to get that rotation.

His father, David N. Mullany, had played for the University of ConnecticutÕs baseball team and even scored a job with a pharmaceutical company because his pitching arm was needed for the company ball team. He knew about sore arms and decided to try to design a plastic baseball that even the smallest boy could easily make curve and one that could be whacked in a backyard without wreaking havoc.

The resourceful Mullany rounded up some hollow plastic spheres used to wrap perfume bottles and began carving holes in them while sitting at the kitchen table. I'd try 'em out the next day, David A. recalls.

After about two dozen duds, one ball curved wildly when the boys threw it and it was a challenge to hit. The funny looking ball had a solid half and eight oblong holes cut in the other half. The kids wore out the homemade balls pitching curves, sinkers and risersÑand the elder Mullany knew he had a winner.

At the time, Mullany needed some good news. His car-polish business had failed, but he kept it a secret. Every morning, he dressed in a suit and went to the office, but he was really looking for work. Mullany had already cashed in a $2,500 life insurance policy, and with some of the money, he hired a company to manufacture the perforated plastic balls.

Meanwhile, the boys had devised rules for their modified backyard baseball game, such as ghost base runners so as few as two people could play, and they even had their own slang for when the broom-handle bat swung and missed or whiffed the ball.

We called it whiffle ball, then took out the h so we could save money if we needed to paint a sign for the company, David A. says.

In 1953, the first dozen Wiffle balls were sold on consignment at a nearby business. Mullany made and sold wooden Wiffle bats the next year. Woolworth stores soon placed orders, and Wiffle balls have been sailing through backyards and thwacking garages ever since.

The inventor's grandsons, David J., 39, and Stephen, 37, run the family business today in an unassuming brick factory in Shelton, Conn., with 15 employees. Their father stepped down as president last year, but he still lends a hand. Grandpa Mullany died in 1990.

"This business is very personal to us," David J. says. "I'll run into little kids playing and guys my dad's age who have stories about Wiffle Ball. People play it as a family."

The Wiffle Ball design hasn't changed one bit, but wooden bats were discontinued in 1972 and replaced with yellow plastic ones. The company sells three sizes of Wiffle Balls by the millions each year. Ball and bat sets retail for $2.99 to $4.99.

Fans such as Mike Alessie, 38, of Milford, Conn., have never stopped playing. He directs the Wiffle Up! tour, which attracted 570 teams with tournaments in 12 cities nationwide in 2004.

"It's America's favorite backyard sport," Alessie says. "It's kind of a cult now. The ages of the guys on the teams are 23 to 35."

David J. smiles when he hears such talk about adult teams. Of course, he and his brother still play Wiffle Ball.

"And on Saturdays, we'll come in to get the mail and start throwing the ball around," he confesses.

So far, they haven't broken a single window.

by Marti Attoun



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5:51 am - WIFFLEBALL!!!! YAY

jamaican_chica
YAY!!!

We got to play yesterday!! It was soooo fun!! My first real game!! Well, it really wasn't a real game, but I don't care. We had enough people!!

The pitcher was being annoying. But that's normal for Jake. lol We all love him anyway. So He pitched a fast ball before I knew what happened. Then he bends over and throws it. That also caught me off guard. Ben said that didn't count, so he tossed it up for me to hit. I nailed it that time. Only one problem--it was a foul ball!! So then, Jake gave me a decent ball, and by decent I mean decent and nothing more, and I hit it. So while I was running to first, he threw it at me and hit me with it. Then they said "out". I didn't know you could throw the ball at someone. Oh, well. Matt wanted to stop the game and play nookum anyway. SO that was it. It was fun while it lasted though. Nookum was fun too. I have some nice pictures I believe. But they aren't yet developed. ;0) I hope they come out nice.

That definately caused me to love wiffleball EVEN MORE!!!

~Julie

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Thursday, June 9th, 2005
6:43 am

jamaican_chica
The wiffleball game was canceled due to rain!! Maybe we can play today or tomorrow. I certainly hope so!!

~Julie

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2005
10:48 pm

thebeccac
good god i love wiffle ball.

current mood: amused

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6:51 am

jamaican_chica
GUESS WHAT?!!!

I told Matt (who is in charge of games at Bible school), that I want to play wiffleball. He says "yeah, but we don't have the stuff". I said "I have the stuff". and he told me to bring it tomorrow (which is today) and we'll play!! I'm sooooo excited!! I've never gotten to play wiffleball when there were actually enough people!! This is going to be SOOOOO fun!!!!! I was going to take pics, but I don't want to have to drag a camera around with me. I'll report back after the game and tell you how it goes.

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2005
3:48 pm

theriotofpeace

Well it's been about 70 trillion years since anything has went on in this community, so I may as well break the silence.  I don't know about you guys, but I'm in a league, & regular season is alive.  I love that feeling of the season taking place.  It takes you back to that little league mentality of emotion & the imagery seems to come back so vividly.  Fresh cut grass, playing catch, warming up, discussing tactics, & things of the like.  Maybe I'm over-exaggerating.
But I'm just reminding you all that this community still exists & the sport does as well.  Just bear with this, & maybe update everyonce in a while or tell a friend or a livejournal friend about this community if you think they'd be into it.  Well, for those of you who have genuine interest in the game, I'll give you all a few links to my favorite wiffleball league websites, some of them even recognize my league, which is awesome.

Wifflehouse - what I believe to the top-notch of all wiffleball sites with visuals & imagery.

London Wiffleball League - this league has an annual tournament every summer that is one of the most renoun tourny's in the wiffleball community, anyone who's anyone goes.  my league got invited to the tournament this summer, which will be August 9th, 2005 for the 7th annual tournament.

Cleveland Wiffleball League - just a great site, great guys.

wifferball -  in Illinois was one of the first league's to recognize us & give us attention as a real league.  They're full of funny guys.  Dr. Thunder = the man.

windy city wiffleball - Another league in Illinois with great players & known nationwide in close affiliation with Wifflehouse.

Major League Wiffleball - This was the first league I ever saw, back when I thought when I started my league that there weren't any other leagues, but I found their site one day, & found that I was not alone.

Fat Bastard Wiffleball - yes, they are as entertaining as they sound.  hosting a tournament every year in Michigan, where they are located, in the summer.

HMWL - breath-taking graphics.

Matt Velez Wiffleball League (aka Wheeling Wiffleball Association) - they're not really that active anymore, & they are in Wheeling, WV; but we've never played them, even though they're just up north of us in the state.  they're goofy, & the content of the site (language wise) is about that of a 15 year old, which is how old they are anyway.

Garrett Drive Wiffleball League - my league, best in WV as far as I'm concerned, we have tradition, history, & compassion.

Marina Wiffleball League - sister league to the Garrett Drive Wiffleball League in my neighborhood, based soley on fun, no scorekeeping.

Winners Circle Wiffleball League - friend of mine started this league, they haven't done much, having trouble getting started, he's a young boy of 14.  maybe he'll get it on it's feet soon.

So, check out those links if you are up to it.  Please, somebody else, update or something.

 Josh "Dr. Funky Green" Smith giving the "come on, man" look to Zep after a wild pitch or a curveball gone bad.  Jake Logan still on 2nd, Sowards playing short stop & Prince playing 3rd.

Josh



current mood: my wiffleball romance

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Monday, May 9th, 2005
11:57 am - Wiffleball awareness week.

jamaican_chica
Okay, I've come up with a new Wiffleball Awareness Day, and now I've made a whole wiffleball awareness week. It starts on June 11, and ends on June 18. But June 11 is the Major Wiffleball Day!! So try to find at least one day that of that week, that you can play wiffleball and celebrate it's awesomeness!!

~Julie

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Monday, May 2nd, 2005
7:12 pm

jamaican_chica
Yesterday, we were at a family reunion, and these little kids that we didn't know (although they are related to us) were playing wiffleball. I was like "oh cool, I'll tell Josh". lol Just thought I'd share.

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Thursday, April 21st, 2005
3:19 pm - wiffleball awareness day

jamaican_chica
I declare April 21 as wiffleball awareness day!! Go to the library and to yahoo and find all sorts of interesting facts about wiffleball.

Okay, so maybe that was a dumb idea, but I thought I should update. So hello everyone. I wish I could play an official game of wiffleball but I can't because we don't have enough people. :( Oh, well. We can still play, just not officially.

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005
9:48 am

theriotofpeace
I don't know about the action going on in everyone else's wiffleball projects, but I know that mine is kicking off spring training next month...I am thouroughly excited for that & I can't wait for the warm weather & allergies to stir so we can swing plastic sticks at plastic spheres! Dude, I can't wait. www.leaguelineup.com/gdwl
Let me know if you guys are doing anything with your projects, if youy have any.

current mood: anxious

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Tuesday, January 4th, 2005
2:35 pm

thebeccac
Wiffleball RULES!!!!! x.x

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2004
11:49 am

jamaican_chica
I really miss playing wiffleball!! I think I'm gonna have my cousins come over and we'll play again. I know it's really getting too cold, but I miss playing. I don't see the point in baseball. Wiffleball is much more fun!!

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Tuesday, September 28th, 2004
7:00 pm - Something New
xstrippeyx My frineds and I have put our wiffle ball stuff away for th fall because we have joined a kickball league in our town. Its a lot of fun and I just wanna share it with everyone. I know most of you are from WV I think, so if you are intrested in finding out more about a team in WV just go to: https://www.worldkickball.com/ and check it out.

I didnt look to see if you had any in WV if not then just start your own league.

But dont worry, Wiffleball will be back in March for the 2005 spring season.

current mood: good

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Sunday, August 15th, 2004
9:11 pm - Hey!

superduperkelly

Hello My friends! I havent posted in some time! I still love you all. I think I have found the coolest shirt in history..

http://www.localcelebrity.net/zoom/wiffle_navy.html

Yea. It rocks. I think I should get it? yea. I think I should.

Heart.

Kelly



current mood: cheerful

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Tuesday, August 10th, 2004
8:57 am - mega-ultra-groo-V-ness!!!!!

jamaican_chica
As everyone knows, Beth and I have brand new wiffleball equipment!! I'm so excited. This is so cool!! Groovy!!! I like that word. I was so excited when I found out that Josh does to, because most people aroun here think it's stupid. Well anyways, we played with our wiffleball stuff, and it was very fun. I have some skills with the bat, but I'm a lot better when pitching it to myself. Ya know like throwing it up in the air and then hitting it. I hit it REALLY hard and far when I did that. YIPEE!!!
I love that game. I knew I would!! It's soooooo wonderful. I wish I could get my youth group to play it at my house. And beg josh, wade and Matt to come. And then we could beg Josh Smith to come also. HINT HINT!! Just kidding. I do wish that he lived close to us though, so we could play wiffleball with him, and so I would have another friend who would actually live in my area. ARGH *vents a little* But that can't happen...yet. When I'm 100 I will meet him, and we will play wiffleball!!!

~julie

current mood: crazy

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8:42 am - Good News!

bethie88
Hello, Fellow Wifflers!

There is great news up in here! Jules and I are the proud owners of wiffleball equiptment! Dollar General is the bomznatch! It all together, was $6.00!!!!
Yippee!!!!!

We plan to start a league soon!

~Beth!

current mood: ecstatic

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Thursday, August 5th, 2004
7:29 pm - New Member
xstrippeyx Hey whats up my name is XstrippeyX and I am a member of the Poolesville Wiffleball league. We are based in Poolesville, Md and as of right now consist of two teams. Just wanna say hey and if anybody lives in the area we should play sometime.

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