This ball is similar to those used by ballists of the early to mid 19th century with a cloth wrapped core and hand stitched lemon peel leather cover. Town balls are softer than today’s baseball, in part, because town ball required that runners must be “plugged” or “soaked” with the ball meaning the runner had to be hit by the ball to record the out. These balls would have been made with materials on hand such as a fabric or rubber center would with twine, string, or swollen yarn covered with sheepskin or horsehide and sizes would vary. With the introduction of manufacturing, the size was standardized to 9″.
It was used in the mid 1800s for the Massachusetts rules form of the game of Town Ball. It is appropriate for reenactment games played by various rules through the 1860s.
If you are not playing town ball, it makes a great conversation piece for your desk.
Features: Hand Sewn
Cloth wrapped core with lemon peel cover