Welcome to Plastic Baseball! It’s like regular Wiffle Ball, but better. It’s baseball, the home version.
I have a passion for baseball. I grew up playing it, and I was pretty good. Well, at hitting anyway. I wasn’t blessed with speed though, so I hit a lot of long singles.
Unfortunately, hitting regular baseballs at home wasn’t something that I could do without the risk of breaking windows. Plastic baseballs, such as Wiffle Balls were OK though. They didn’t do any damage, so that’s what we used. In fact, one of my earliest childhood memories is getting hit by a Wiffle Ball pitch in the face by my mother when I was around 5-years old. There was some shock and initial pain, but it didn’t do any real damage. Good thing it wasn’t a real baseball.
After my baseball playing days were over, I organized a group of friends and created our own plastic baseball league. I named it Major League Wiffleball. We had a successful league with a great web site that helped us earn a front-page article in the Albany Times Union and got us a short blurb in ESPN the Magazine. We even got challenges from nearby Wiffle Ball leagues, and I’m proud to say we had an undefeated record (1-0), even though only one team dared to show up and play.
Although Major League Wiffleball was successful, the momentum couldn’t carry on forever. An unexpected cease and desist order from The Wiffle Company also gave us a good reason to stop posting content to our site. They were upset with us because we went by the name Major League Wiffleball, but we didn’t use official Wiffle Balls. Yep. That’s our bad.
So after receiving their surprise overnight FedEx shipment in a cardboard envelope filled with legal papers citing our wrongdoings, we did what many other people would do in that situation. We gave up.
Looking back, they were just trying to protect their name and I probably overreacted. The Wiffle Ball Company lawyer that I reached out to seemed surprised that we were giving up so easily. He said we just needed to remove the non-Wiffle Ball material from our site. But that was easier said than done. Our whole league was based on a different ball. So I moved the material to a new site, this one — PlasticBaseball.com.
It’s been a few years since that took place, but now that I have children and I’m in the parent role, I want my kids to be able to enjoy playing baseball at home, whether it’s with a Wiffle Ball or another kind of plastic baseball. I miss playing too! So I want to use this site to show how much fun plastic baseball can be for all ages.
Occasionally, we’ll meet up with musicians and athletes and talk about Wiffle Ball. It’s a sport that everyone seems to love talking about. Everyone has a Wiffle Ball story.
For those looking to start their own leagues, we’ll test many of the different bats and balls and share our reviews on the best equipment for your own plastic baseball games.
There are so many leagues with web sites that focus on themselves. We were one of those too. But now that I’ve aged from player to coach, I’m going to make this site a resource for young players and parents of small children to show how much fun plastic baseball and Wiffle Ball can be. Are you with me?
Do you want to have fun this year? Think you can break Barry Bonds’ home run record in one summer? Are you looking for a fun activity that can be played over and over with your group of friends or your children, and can cost as little as $25? If that sounds like something you’re interested in, Plastic Baseball is for you.
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