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Thursday, 2 February 2012

Ball

The oldest extant soccer ball, circa 1540, was made of two oblong pieces of crudely-sewn leather. It was found stuffed behind paneling in the Stirling Castle bedroom of Bloody Queen Mary.

The first Rugby balls were plum-shaped as they were made from pig bladders of that shape.

There are two golf balls on the Moon, both hit by Alan Shepard on February 6, 1971.


Tennis balls were traditionally black or white. They were changed to yellow in 1972 after research showed they were more visible on television.

Wilson, the volleyball from the 2000 film Cast Away, won a Critic's Choice Award and an MTV movie award.

The most balls caught by a dog with the paws in one minute is 14. It was achieved by Purin the dog and her owner in Japan, in March 2015.

A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber.

A squash ball moving at 150 kilometers per hour has the same impact of a .22 bullet.

A table-tennis ball, when dropped from 30cm, should, by international rules, bounce 23cm high.

Ping pong balls aren't really hollow. They're filled with pressurized gas.

A cricket ball has between 65 and 70 stitches.

There are always 108 double stitches on a baseball, or 216 individual stitches.

A baseball weighs between 5 and 5.25 ounces.

Major League baseballs have an average lifespan of just seven pitches.

A colored baseball was used for the first time in any baseball game in 1938. The ball was yellow and was used between Columbia and Fordham Universities in New York City.

A baseball thrown at 90 mph has about the same kinetic energy as a 0.22 caliber bullet fired from a handgun.

The fastest moving ball in all of sports comes from Jai alai with speeds of the hard ball that can reach up to 188mph.

A regulation football is made up of 32 leather panels, held together by 642 stitches.

The hide from one cow can make 20 soccer footballs

It takes 600 cows to make one full season’s worth of NFL footballs

The home team must provide the referee with 24 footballs for each National Football League game.

Source GreatFacts.com, Daily Express

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