Sunday, June 8, 2008

Blue Ball

Ah, the Blue Ball - the staple of a Brooklyn upbringing. If you grew up in New York, especially if you attеnded public school, you will surely remember this ball. It was sold in most deli/grocery stores and was used primarily in games of "handball".

Actually, the sport known as Handball is quite different. It is very similar to Football (Soccer) except for one obvious difference.

The game we New Yorkers grew up with is oficially called US Handball (History of US Handball) and apparently dates back to the early 1900s.

The ball itself seems to be a generic version of the Spaldeen. Spaldeens are pink rubber balls, manufactured by Spalding, a sporting goods company (

1 comment:

Konrad von Swalwagner said...

I used to play handball (the non-US version of it) in high school. I was a rather decent goalkeeper. I had a great time.