Monday, February 2, 2015

Happy Groundhog Day

In honor of Groundhog Day, let's see some articles about Shadow Ball.

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

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