On the Ball

It weighs just over five ounces and measures between 2.86 and 2.94 inches in diameter. It is made of a composition-cork nucleus encased in two think layers of rubber, one black and one red, surrounded by 121 yards of tightly wrapped blue-gray wood yarn, 45 yards of white wool yarn, 53 more yards of blue-gray wool year, 150 yards of fine cotton yarn, a coat of rubber cement, and a cowhide (formerly horsehide) exterior, which is held together with 216 slightly raised red cotton stitches.—Roger Angell

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  • Or 108 double stitches, depending on how you define stitches. Also, the first and the last stitches are hidden. They are all hand-sewn. My middle son did his school learning fair project on baseballs last year. We cut one in half — it was very cool!

    pastorsteve February 25, 2008, 3:13 pm

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