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Thursday, 2 February 2012


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.

There was a court battle between two fans over who caught Barry Bonds's record setting 756th baseball. One of the fans spent $473,530 in legal fees to claim ownership of the ball, but only received $225,000 when the ball was sold at auction.

The scene in The Shawshank Redemption where Morgan Freeman throws a baseball took over nine hours to shoot. Freeman didn’t complain once throughout the entire ordeal, showed up the next day with his arm in a sling, and continued shooting.

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.

Mary Queen of Scots was a keen football player. The world's oldest football was found behind the panelling of her chamber in Stirling Castle. It's thought she may have lost it while playing with it as a child.

Soccer balls first got their famous black-and-white markings for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.  It was believed that the black and white coloring would be easier to see on black and white televisions.

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, Daily Express

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