The Secret History Of Balls: The Stories Behind The Things We Love To Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce And B At by Josh ChetwyndThe Secret History Of Balls: The Stories Behind The Things We Love To Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce And B At by Josh Chetwynd

The Secret History Of Balls: The Stories Behind The Things We Love To Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick…

byJosh Chetwynd

Paperback | May 3, 2011

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You may fancy yourself a sports fan, but chances are you don't know:

A fish eyeball was used as the center of some nineteenth-century baseballs

The race to make better billiard balls led to the invention of plastics

The Nerf ball was originally created to be part of a board game featuring cavemen

Balls are the unsung heroes of sports. They are smacked, flung, dribbled, crushed, thrown, and kicked. They're usually only the subject of scrutiny when something goes wrong: a tear, the application of an illegal foreign substance, or a dent from overuse. Nevertheless, if you're watching nearly any major sporting event from around the world, you're likely following the ball wondering where it will go next...

The Secret History of Balls mines the stories and lore of sports and recreation to offer insight into 60 balls-whether they're hollow, solid, full of air, or stuffed with twine or made of leather, metal, rubber, plastic, or polyurethane-that give us joy on playing fields and in every arena from backyards to stadiums around the globe.
Josh Chetwynd is a journalist, broadcaster, and author. He has served as a staff reporter for USA Today, the Hollywood Reporter, and U.S. News & World Report, and his writing has also appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the Times (London), the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and Variety. As a broadcaster, he has w...
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Title:The Secret History Of Balls: The Stories Behind The Things We Love To Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick…Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.99 × 4.51 × 0.62 inPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399536744

ISBN - 13:9780399536748

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