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Japanese Rubber Ball?

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Japanese Rubber Ball?
I've gone through your forums looking for information about rubber ball and the different variations of it. I know there's the youth baseball version, and more of an adult slowpitch version I believe. I'm trying to learn more about it, but everything I could find is fairly old (2007) and I would imagine the game has gone through some changes.


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Re: Japanese Rubber Ball?
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 10:53 AM | YBS Fan ]

The best source out there I know of for the history of the rubber baseball is the Japanese Wikipedia site (link). (The Korean Wikipedia page on the topic is just a couple lines of summary.)

In essence, the ball was created by a rubber company in Kobe (Toshin Rubber?) as a replacement to using tennis balls during the Meiji Period. The solid rubber ball better resembled the cork based balls of the time.

The last major change to the nanshiki ball came in 2006 when the dimples (similar to those on golf balls) were removed from the A, B, and C types.

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