Anyone know anything about these Baseballs ?

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  1. DeltaRat

    DeltaRat Member

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    Have had these for quite some years - and with spring training starting - I am thinking of unloading them to make more room in the gun safe to someone that could more appreciate them/knows the history of them.

    Only one box of the 12 has been opened ... to show the ball.

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  2. Mark Mayonnaise

    Mark Mayonnaise You look like a tree! VIP

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    THIS THREAD IS NOW ABOUT MACARONI AND CHEESE


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  3. h5htyt76757j

    h5htyt76757j Chyea Chyea Banned User

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    ill give ya $10 for them
     
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    Markijuano Well-Known Member

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    Those are baseballs
     
  5. Oderus

    Oderus Going to hell VIP

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    I'm going to guess they are used to play baseball.
     
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    My wife makes wasabi mac and cheese that's baller as fuck.
     
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    stripes Active Member Banned User

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    you're such a great source of wit, the dim variety.
     
  9. BrulesRules

    BrulesRules Just grab 'em in the biscuits

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    Well George MacDonald was president of the Gulf Coast League in the 70s and i saw a vintage Golf Coast League ball which is older than that on ebay for $35 and no bids...so I'm guessing they aren't that valuable.
     
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    Kanye West Yeezus!

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    see how many of those balls you can shove up your ass? :dontknow:
     
  11. geo

    geo Well-Known Member

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    Cushioned wood cores were patented in the late 19th century by sports equipment manufacturer Spalding, the company founded by former baseball star A.G. Spalding. During World War II, rubber centers from golf balls were used, due to wartime restrictions on the domestic use of materials. In recent years, various synthetic materials have been used to create baseballs; however, they are generally considered lower quality, and are not used in the major leagues. Using different types of materials affects the performance of the baseball. Generally a tighter-wound baseball will leave the bat faster, and fly farther. Since the baseballs used today are wound tighter than in previous years, notably the dead-ball era that prevailed through 1920, people often say that the ball is "juiced". The height of the seams also affect how well a pitcher can pitch. Generally, in Little League through college leagues, the seams are markedly higher than balls used in professional leagues.

    In the early years of the sport, only one ball was typically used in each game, unless it was too damaged to be usable; balls hit into the stands were retrieved by team employees in order to be put back in play, as is still done today in most other sports. Over the course of a game, a typical ball would become discolored due to dirt, and often tobacco juice and other materials applied by players; damage would also occur, causing slight rips and seam bursts. However, after the 1920 death of batter Ray Chapman after being hit in the head by a pitch, perhaps due to his difficulty in seeing the ball during twilight, an effort was made to replace dirty or worn baseballs.

    In 1909, sports magnate and former player Alfred J. Reach patented the ivory centered "ivory nut" in Panama and suggested it might be even better in a baseball than cork. However, Philadelphia Athletics president Benjamin F. Shibe, who had invented and patented [1] the cork centred ball, commented, "I look for the leagues to adopt an 'ivory nut' baseball just as soon as they adopt a ferro-concrete bat and a base studded with steel spikes.". Both leagues adopted Shibe's cork centred ball in 1910.

    The official major league ball is made by Rawlings, which produces the stitched balls in Costa Rica. Rawlings became the official supplier to the majors players in 1977, succeeding Spalding, which had supplied the official ball for a century. The cover of the ball was traditionally horsehide through 1973, but due to dwindling supplies cowhide was introduced in 1974. Attempts to automate the manufacturing process were never entirely successful, leading to the continued use of hand-made balls. The raw materials are imported from the U.S., assembled into baseballs and shipped back.

    Throughout the 20th Century, Major League Baseball used two technically identical but differently marked balls. The American Leagues had "Official American League" and the AL President's signature in blue ink, whilst National League baseballs had "Official National League" and the NL President's signature in black ink. According to Bob Feller in the 1930s when he was a rookie the National League baseball laces were black intertwined with the red, the American League's were blue and red.[2] In 2000, MLB reorganized its structure to eliminate the position of league presidents, and switched to one singular baseball for both leagues. Under the current rules, a major league baseball weighs between 5 and 5 1⁄4 ounces (142 and 149 g), and is 9 to 9 1⁄4 inches (229–235 mm) in circumference (2 7⁄8–3 in or 73–76 mm in diameter).[3] There are 108 double stitches on a baseball (which some people call 216 stitches).

    Today, several dozen baseballs are used in a typical professional game, due to scratches, discoloration, and undesirable texture that can occur during the game. Balls hit out of the park for momentous occasions (record setting, or for personal reasons) are often requested to be returned by the fan who catches it, or donated freely by the fan. Usually the player will give the fan an autographed bat and/or other autographed items in exchange for the special ball.

    Every team in Major League Baseball uses Baseball Rubbing Mud to rub their balls in before their pitchers use them in games.[4]
     
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