From tennis to soccer to the NBA, the surprising history of why we play ball.
“Play ball!” we say, and that’s baseball. But there are endless ways humans play ball. There is something about that rolling, bouncing, flying sphere that we, as a species, just cannot get enough of. It was there in prehistory, as we stepped up to the evolutionary mound.
It was severed heads and stones and every kind of bladder before it was our sleek game balls today. Ancient Romans had their ball games. Ancient Mayans’ were blood sport. Now our closets and back seats are jammed with every kind of ball – golf to racket to basket to volley.
Up next On Point: humans and the history of the ball.
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CNN “From the courts of the ancient Pharaohs to a simple game of catch on a spring afternoon; the ball has a centuries-long history of play. It’s one of our simplest yet most enduring inventions. While the games have evolved, the ball in all its various forms continues to play a key role in different cultures around the world.”
Video: The Ball Book Trailer
Check out this video about the book The Ball.
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Classic Ball Game Moments
Check out this moment from the 2002 World Cup, with Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho kicking a free kick against England.
In this clip, John Havlicek seals the win for the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 1965 Eastern Conference Finals against Wilt Chamberlain and the Philadelphia 76ers by knocking away Hal Greer’s inbounds pass in the final seconds..
Earlier this month Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton hit four homeruns in a single game.