Formed in 1882 as an upstart competitor of the National League, the American Association was the 19th century’s longest lasting competitor of the senior league, enduring ten seasons before folding after 1891. Known as the “Beer and Whiskey League”, the American Association is credited with bringing base ball to the masses with the introduction of low-cost tickets, games on Sunday, and beer concessions.
The base ball shown on this page is a thoroughly researched re-creation of an original 1882-1891 era American Association league ball, executed in exacting detail. Single stitched, using the finest thread in the proper weight, this base ball contains exactly 132 individual stitches per panel. Each ball is hand-cut, hand-stitched, and labeled by hand using the same techniques that would have been applied to the original.
From HBBC: "Being the history fans that we are, this ball is a tip of the cap to many different eras, from the 19th-century-era leather choice, to the modern core, and a few styling nods in between. Treat it as you would any fine leather good, with wax, polish.... or spit. These beauties will burnish to a unique patina with age and use. Go have a catch.
Hand cut and hand sewn in the USA using premium US sourced leathers and materials. We dye our veg tanned leathers in-house. The cores are cushioned cork centers (Major League Spec), so go ahead and knock 'em around."
Hand-stitched by Huntington Base Ball Co.
Dimensions: 9 inches in circumference.
Tobacco Veg Tanned Leather