Well it’s happened again. Another group of people in the New England area have set a brand new world record for the longest wiffleball game. You may remember a couple of stories on here last summer about the world record. Last year a group of kids in Tewksbury played for 32 hours but did not get the official recognition of Guinness. A previous official World Record of 24 hours was still the longest wiffleball game until this past weekend when Robert DeAngelis and 7 of his friends decided to team up with Special Olympics of Connecticut to make this event happen in Norwich, CT. They played for 25 hours, 4 minutes, and 53 seconds. After 150 innings the final score between the two teams (Rutland Country Store Red and Rutland County Store Blue) was 334 to 251. What’s important to remember here is not only did they not play 25 continuous hours but they did it in the rain. Connecticut was covered with severe thunderstorms and the whole operation almost didn’t happen. They lucked out and only had rain to contend with. I wonder how many of them have pneumonia?
For more information: Wiffleball World Record Set in Norich from Hartford Courant
Somewhere in the incredibly tiny village of Wren, Ohio there is a tournament that has been ongoing for over two decades. It’s an event that the town looks forward to every summer. It’s part of the town’s homecoming festival and as many as 1,000 spectators come out to view a game. It’s the toast of the town and has the reputation of being one of the most well-known wiffleball tournaments in the Midwest so much so that locals have dubbed it the “wiffleball capital of Ohio.” All proceeds raised by the tournament go to the local ball park association that maintains youth baseball and softball fields.
Former Yankee star Jim Abbott was a guest at ESPN’s “Car Wash” this past Wednesday. This video just surfaced on Youtube this morning of him pitching to former Philly Doug Glanville (currently an ESPN analyst). Abbott pitched to around 10 other ESPN employees during his visit. To read the full article visit ESPN’s Front Row.
Little Fenway and Lowball Wiffle were visited by a crew from Vermont Public Television, a PBS affiliate. If you live in Vermont tune in to Vermont Public TV this Saturday (March 31) at 10:00 AM to see Little Fenway and Lowball Wiffle highlighted in their outdoor journal series.
Tom Hannon is mentioned in today’s edition of the Boston Globe. His field, known to many as “Little Ebbits Field” is a replica of the stadium that stood when the Dodgers played in Brooklyn. The article details the opinions of neighbors and family as Hannon built what can be considered to be one of the greatest wiffleball fields ever constructed. We learn that the driving force for him creating this destination was a “mid-life crisis” he was experiences as he tried to distract himself from a divorce. The article also talks a little about his new website, http://www.thebaseballpage.com, which is sure to thrill baseball fans. Great article!