The Evolution Of Baseball Technology

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The Evolution of Baseball Technology: 1884-Present From the United States to Japan, every athlete who has ever played the game of baseball has used the basic “tools of the trade”: a baseball, a bat, a glove, protective equipment, and a uniform. Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, and Sammy Sosa have made a living out of using these tools to play baseball, but there are also a great number of people who play baseball as a source of enjoyment. The crack of the bat connecting with a fastball, the slap of the ball on the mitt, and the roar of the crowd after a homerun are all common sounds of a baseball game. The thing that many people may not realize, however, is that the bat, ball, and glove that make those sounds possible have undergone major…show more content…
The winding of this ball was an art, and whoever could excel Last Name 2 in this art was looked upon as a superior being” (Gutman 12). The Dead Ball Era lasted until 1911 when George Reach invented the cork centered baseball, jumpstarting offensive production in the Major Leagues (Gutman 13). The start of the Lively Ball Era was influenced not only by the introduction of the corkcentered baseball, but Today, baseballs consist of many layers wrapped around a cork and rubber center (Honig 125). Wrapped around this cork and rubber center are hundreds of yards of gray and white woolen yarn (Buckley 12). A layer of white cotton string is wrapped around the yarn (Honig 125). Finally, a cowhide leather cover is sewn onto the ball with 108 red cotton stitches (Gutman 8). Before 1974, a horsehide cover was used on baseballs instead of the cowhide covers that appear on today’s baseballs (Gutman 13). also by the fact that baseballs were machine wound. This caused each ball to have a uniform shape, which in turn led to balls being squarely hit every time (Gutman 8). With the new and improved balls and great hitters such as Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, homeruns were being hit with more power and greater consistency. During World War II, there was a great
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