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Natick MA Company Introduces the "Figure 8" Base Ball Stitching

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Equipment
Location New England
City/State/Country: Natick, MA, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Age of Players Adult


"In 1858, H.P. Harwood and Sons of Natick, MA (c/o North Avenue and Main Street) became the first factory to produce baseballs. They also were the first in the production of the two-piece figure-eight stitch cover baseball, the same that is used today. The figure-eight stitching was devised by Col. William A Cutler and a new wound core was developed by John W. Walcott, horsehide and then cowhide were used for the cover."




From Eric Miklich, “Evolution of Baseball Equipment (Continued)”

By Eric Miklich at http://www.19cbaseball.com/equipment-3.html,

Accessed 6/21/2013


Peter Morris' A Game of Inches finds other claims to the invention of the current figure 8 stitching pattern. See section 9.1.4 at page 275 of the single-volume, indexed edition of 2010.

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger, John Thorn, Eric Miklich
Submission Note 19CBB Posting, 6/21/2013


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