A baseball ball is a special ball that has either a rubber or a cork at its center. According to the Official Baseball Rule, it is bound in yarn and has two strips of horsehide or a cowhide covering, which is tightly stitched together. The quality of stitching that holds the covering together decides the quality of a baseball ball. The stitching is of great importance as it is these stitches that grasps the air and makes the ball to swing over to the catcher. The movement, speed, and direction of the ball depending on how the pitcher has made the stitches to spin. The official technical specification for the ball by the MLB is:
- It should be 229-235 mm in circumference.
- The ball should have a diameter of 73-75 mm.
- The mass of the ball has to be 142-149 grams.
- The ball wrapping yarn can be up to one mile in length.
- The balls need to have 108 double stitches on them or 206 individual stitches.
History Of The Baseball Ball
During the 1800 period, the manufacturers made a baseball ball of various shapes, dimension, and mass. These balls had a rubber code made from old melted shoes with a wrapping of yarn and leather. It also had fish eyes as cores. Lemon Peel Ball was one of the most popular designs of those days. It had four lines of stitching and was smaller in size and lighter in weight. This made the games a high scoring one which made the ball so popular. All the earlier balls had the horsehide covers but from 1974 onwards, all the balls changed to cowhide covering.
Rawlings Official League Recreational Grade Baseballs, Bucket of 24
Some Important Facts
- Prior to 1976, Spalding was the leading provider of baseball ball to the MLB, but after that Rawlings became the official Major League baseball ball
- Until the year 2000, both the American and the National League were using a
technicallyidentical ball but visibly different. Each of the leagues had the signature of their respective League President on the balls. From 2000 onwards the signature system was taken away and both the Leagues were using the same type of balls.
- Rubbing Mud is applied by the umpires on the balls before the start of each professional game to improve the pitcher’s grip on it.
Types Of Baseball Ball
- Hard Baseball – These are the normal balls and common in the Major League Baseball.
- Rubber Baseball – These balls are more common during the high school baseball playing days.
- Soft Baseball – These type of balls are generally common in the batting and fielding practice. It is also the first preference for kids as it soft and safe for them. They are also suitable for indoor games.
Rawlings Official League Recreational Use Baseballs
Features Of The Ball
- These baseball balls are for recreational use.
- They have a solid cork and rubber center which makes it a perfect choice for practice and casual games.
- It has a convenient mesh carry bag making it easy to carry along.
- Its full-grain leather cover and major league seams make it easier to grip.
- It is compliant to the MLB official size and weight specification and thus makes it the first choice for baseball professionals.