I found my first reference to Shadow Ball in an article about the tour of Japan in late 1913.
|Evening Post (Charleston, SC) - December 31, 1913|
The practice carried on for several decades.
|Omaha World Herald - September 15, 1945|
It wasn't just confined to baseball, but softball got in the act.
|Omaha World Herald - July 28, 1952|
And not just pantomiming having a ball, but some were led to believe that special glowing equipment would be used.
|Morning Olympian (Washington) - July 29, 1940|
Not so, as it turns out.
|Morning Olympian (Washington) - July 31, 1940|