The Secret History of Balls

The Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce, and Bat

by Josh Chetwynd and Emily Stackhouse

The Secret History of Balls

Paperback, 221 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $13.95 | purchase

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Book Summary

This quirky sports trivia and history guide provides insight into 60 balls of all shapes, sizes and materials used on playing fields, in stadiums and arenas around the world, from basketballs to wiffle balls and the lesser-known sliotar.

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You might not find this book in the children's section of your local bookstore, but that's where it deserves to be. Tossing it onto young people's plates is a bit like serving up broccoli slathered in cheese: It's so yummy they'll forget it's also nutritious. In this case, the book sneaks in a high-fiber dose of history, culture and, yes, sportsmanship, along with stories about all those spherical objects that fill up our basements, mudrooms, car trunks and closets.

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