Timeline: History of Balls

Balls are an integral part of the game in many sports, and are an athlete's prized possession. How did such a mild-mannered shape come to dominate the world of sports? Below is a detailed timeline of the history of the sports ball.

A "beach" ball (not to scale).

10,000 BC: The first ball created; it is immediately lost on neighbor's roof.

9,999 BC: After a year's sabbatical, the man who created the first ball creates a second ball and trades it for a cube, which is also lost immediately.

5,000 BC: Balls replace rocks in most sporting events. Rocks remain a fan favorite.

0 AD: Jesus of Nazareth given frankincense, myrrh, and gold by three wise men. "But if they were really wise, they would have just gotten me a toy ball. What the hell do I do with myrrh? What even is myrrh?" Jesus complained to Mark 20 years later (Mark, 4:56).

1106: Pope Gregory III outlaws balls in a Vatican edict.

1106: Pope Gregory III murdered.

1493: Returning from his adventures in the New World, Columbus reports the world is "like a ball-shape," asks for more money and a ball. His request is denied.

1861: Civil War breaks out after President Lincoln's 4-year old son Fitz steals a ball from Jefferson Davis' son, Tony; slavery also a factor.

1873: Pete Randerson of Sacramento, California sits on a ball for too long and accidentally invents the football.

1901: The Wright Brothers take the historic "first flight" at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Decades later, Kitty Hawk becomes famous for its rubber ball factory.

2000: Homeowner finally gets around to getting that twelve thousand year old ball off the roof.

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Nate Odenkirk had three balls in his garage. At the time of writing, none have enough air.

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