*** Please note - HBBC will be in SF from January 14-19th. Normal shipping timelines will resume upon our return on January 20th. If you are in or near SF, come see a demonstration of how our baseballs are made. Check out https://www.fogfair.com/ for show info. ***
During the formative years of amateur base ball leagues, a set of standards were continually devised regarding the ball itself. Since there were no “official suppliers”, each team employed their own ball maker. Some makers were known to produce a “dead” ball, others were known to produce a “lively” ball. However, all base balls were expected to fall within the size guidelines which were generally around 9.25 to 9.5 inches in circumference and around 5.25 ounces in weight.
The base ball shown on this page is a thoroughly researched re-creation of an original 1860’s era New York amateur league ball, executed in exacting detail. Consisting of a one-piece cover that is single stitched, it would be considered “lively” by the standard of the day. Each ball is hand-cut, hand-stitched, and labeled by hand using the same techniques that would have been applied to the original.
A true throwback to Base Ball’s earliest days.
Each ball is wrapped in tissue and foil and is presented in a custom, hand labeled box which is personally signed by the maker.
Choose from Pure White or Vintage Cream leather.
Stitch color is White.
Please note that all base balls are made to order.
White Leather - 21% in stock
Cream Leather - 24% in stock