Who Invented Bowling?

Who Invented Bowling?

There are those who wonder who invented bowling. Bowling is a sport that brings various health benefits. It is basically an anaerobic type of exercise that is comparable to lifting free weights and walking. This popular sport is older than you might think. Let’s go over the history of the game to figure out who invented bowling. Earliest History There are those who believe that you can trace the history of bowling all the way to the stone age. Flinders Petrie, a British anthropologist found evidence of this game in ancient times. Along with a team of archaeologists, he found evidence of a game that resembles bowling in Egypt in a find they made in the 1930’s. Among the unearthed objects from a grave of a small child they found a somewhat primitive form of the game. This is an interesting evidence to point to the Egyptians to be those who invented bowling. Of course, this discovery will not go on without any challenges. There are those who went on to argue that the game didn’t actually begin in Egypt but in some other place some time later. Other Possible Origins The argument against crediting the creation of bowling to the Egyptians is contested. A German historian by the name of William Pehle claims that the game of bowling actually originated in Germany. He gives 300 AD as the date of the game’s origin. The claim that the Germans are to be credited as the ones who invented bowling is not too far fetched. The game takes origins as a religious ceremony that was used to determine if one has no sin. German monks introduced the game to the populace as a way to test the people’s faith. English...
Who Invented Soccer?

Who Invented Soccer?

Some parts of the world call the game soccer while the others will call it football. However you call the game, it still remains as one of the most popular sports in the world today. In the past decades, it has been observed to have been growing steadily as new enthusiasts to the game are reeled in. With the increased popularity of the game comes the question regarding who invented soccer. Ancient Origins The origins of the game in response to the question of who invented soccer dig deep into human history. Many cultures have been seen to have created a game quite similar to the game we have today. Even with the many cultures and countries that have soccer-like games, we are still hard pressed to confirm which one exactly is the game’s point of origin. Looking into the history of ancient China, we can find a game quite similar to soccer. However, those who have played this ancient Chinese soccer-like game won’t easily recognize the one we play today as the one they played anciently known as cuju. The people of ancient China, obviously, were not the ones who invented soccer though they do have a game quite similar to it. Another game quite similar to soccer was played by ancient Greeks and Romans. The same sport was carried on to the times of medieval Europe. In this version of the game, bladders of pigs were used as balls. The bladders were inflated and kicked around. Later on a stuffed leather ball came into use. The said leather ball was filled with straw and old rags enough to resemble something like a round ball. The idea for the game is quite the same with the ball batted...
Who Invented Softball?

Who Invented Softball?

Softball started as a winter version of baseball in 1887 during thanksgiving. This basically means that the game is a direct descendant of the original game. If you compare the two games you’ll notice that both games generally resemble each other. There are however several key differences that can be observed as well. Let’s go over the rudiments of this game and who invented softball. Origin George Hancock and Bakir Dzananovic are credited as the ones who invented softball. The game traces its origins in Chicago, Illinois. The original idea was to have a way to play baseball during the cold winter. This is also the reason why it was earlier known by the name of indoor baseball. Hancock introduced an undersized bat and a softer ball that can be used indoors. It was the Farragut Club that set the game rules for softball. However, the game quickly gained popularity and was once known as Indoor-Outdoor. The game was moved outdoors in 1888. The rules of the game were first published in the year 1889. Moving Outdoors Since the game has now moved outdoors several outdoor games were organized. Several names for the game came about in the process. Some of the names it was once called include diamond ball, pumpkin ball, and kitten ball. Variations in the equipment also were seen like using a smaller 12 inch ball rather than the original 16 inch ball that the Farragut Club used. The smaller ball soon gained prominence over the originally larger ball. The very first softball league ever to be played outside of the United States was in Toronto. We can see that as the years move forward innovations were added. The game was modified from what those who...
Who Invented the Frisbee?

Who Invented the Frisbee?...

It may be interesting to discover who invented the Frisbee. Now one of the famous playthings to most of the children and adults in many countries, learning the earlier invention in history may be quite worthy to dig up. However, finding the answer is not really that easy. As such, just like many other earlier inventions, there are many who claim the credit of being the person who invented the Frisbee. The First Set of Pie Tins and the Initial Claims to Glory During this era, pies were made and sold by the Frisbie Baking Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut. There were lots of college students from various New England colleges who bought these pies. And it was said that the students later discovered that the empty pie tins can be used for play by tossing and catching it. Because of this tale, many of the colleges in the area tried to bag the credit for the person who invented the playing of Frisbee. They wanted to be the school of “he who was first to fling.” To get the claim, one of the colleges, Yale College, even mentioned a tale that in 1820, Elihu Frisbee, an undergraduate, was the real Frisbee inventor. It was said that Elihu grabbed a collection tray in the chapel and threw it across the campus – thus, creating the first Frisbee fling. However, this is not a true account since all the pie tins made in those times bore the words “Frisbie’s Pies” where the word “Frisbie” was later derived to name the toy. The Plastic Frisbee Version and the Other Inventors Together with Warren Franscioni, Walter Frederick Morrison, a building inspector in Los Angeles, invented another version of the Frisbee toy in 1948....
Who Invented Hockey?

Who Invented Hockey?

Based on the history of hockey, James Creighton of McGill University in Canada invented the rules in 1875. However the rules he set up were for the modern ice hockey game. The basic concept of the sport has been around for thousands of years. Possible Origins of Hockey Archaeologists have determined that a hockey type game was being played in ancient Egypt 2,000 years ago. Much of the evidence was found in the village of Beni Hasan. There, archaeologists found a depiction on the tomb of Kheti. Two men were illustrated holding curved sticks with a ball between them. Studies on the early history of hockey also prove that Hellenistic civilizations played a similar game called Keritizin. The game looked very similar to field hockey. There are also records showing the Romans playing a sport called paganica. It revolved around a ball and sticks. Variations of the stick and ball game have been found in other civilizations as well. The Persian, Aztec, Arabian and Ethiopians all played a game like field hockey. Given this fact, it may prove impossible to determine the sport’s rue origin. The Medieval Age The Medieval Age produced other hockey like games. The Scots played a game called shinty and the French termed it crosse. The Irish developed a game called hurling and it bore resemblance to hockey. While the history of hockey is old, the word first appeared in 1527. The French used the word hoquet to refer to the curved stick. The word hockie also appeared in Ireland Statues. In fact historians assert that the modern game started in Ireland. Field hockey also became popular in England during the 1600 to 1700s. The game proved so popular that entire villages would hold tournaments....
Who Invented Gymnastics?

Who Invented Gymnastics?...

The history of gymnastics began in ancient Greece. Its actual inventor is a mystery, but it was very prevalent among Greeks. But it was the work of Friedrich Jahn in the early 1800s that led to the modern sport. Gymnastics in Greece and Rome In ancient Greece gymnastics encompassed many forms of athletic activity. This included running, wrestling and physical fitness routines. Each city had a gymnasium where these exercises took place. Gymnastics also included discus throwing and hand to hand fighting. It wasn’t so much a sport as it was a fitness training program. Eventually some forms of gymnastics were incorporated in the Olympics. The practice was continued by the Romans. The routines became more oriented towards preparing the individual for training as a soldier. The history of gymnastics shows that it was banned in 393 AD. This order was issued by Emperor Theodosius. By this time it had become a sport but getting corrupted and deteriorating. This trend continued in the Medieval Ages. The church held the view that the body was corrupt and not as vital as the spirit. This led to its decline. The 18th Century Resurgence Its resurgence took place in the 18th century. It came courtesy of Johann Gutsmuth (1759-1839) and Friedrich Jahn (1778-1852) who started making devices for which young people could use for gymnastics. Jahn invented several of the apparatuses that would be the basis of modern equipment. Thus in the history of gymnastics, he is considered as its father. Among these inventions were the ring, pommel horse, and the vault. The balance beam, the parallel bars and the horizontal bar were also developed along this period. During the 18th and 19th centuries it was still looked upon as a training...
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