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    Circa 1938 Yellow Baseball Created for National League Night Games.
    With the onset of the great depression in the 1930's people had less money to spend on everything, including tickets to baseball games. In attempt to bring fans back into the park and increase, professional baseball made many notable innovations which helped to modernize the game, including the first modern farm system, the first All-Star Game in 1933, the first night baseball game 1935, and the first televised baseball game in 1939.

    To improve visibility during night games, Brooklyn Dodgers president, Lee McPhail became one of the early advocates of using a special yellow baseball for night games. The ball made its Major League debut on August 3, 1938 in a night game between the Dodgers and the Cardinals at Ebbets Field. Dr. Frederick Rahr, the color engineer who designed the baseball, said the ball was designed primarily to reduce beaning accidents. In addition, the balls were believed to be more visible to the players and fans. The players, however, were less than enthusiastic about the experimental balls, because the dye came off when the pitcher perspired and made the balls difficult to grip. And so the yellow baseballs quickly passed into the annals of baseball lore. On offer here is an ONL (Frick) yellow baseball. Some of the yellow dye has come off on a portion of one of the side panels which actually provides insight into how the balls were produced and allows you to see the dye contrasts with the original covering. A truly illuminating piece of baseball history.


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