Field Hockey Stick

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The field hockey stick is the most important piece of equipment used in the game of field hockey. It can be made from a variety of materials but is traditionally made of a hard wood, such as ash. Composite materials, including fiberglass, carbon, graphite and Kevlar can also be used. Field hockey sticks are only made for right handed players. They have a toe with a rounded edge which faces the right while the flat part of the toe faces to the left. The stick length varies according to the player’s height and the weight may vary anywhere from 18 to 25.9 ounces. The grip is composed of different materials, such as suede and rubber, to limit the amount of moisture on the stick. The stick shown here was used by the donor, Meg Galligan, while playing field hockey for Boston College between 1974 and 1978. It is made of wood and wrapped with cotton tape, for grip, at the top of the stick and plastic tape, for strength, at the bottom of the stick.
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Date made
date made
ca 1974
Galligan, Meg
Sport Craft
Place Made
United States
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
tan (overall color)
blue (overall color)
white (overall color)
overall: 3 in x 5 1/2 in x 1 1/4 in; 7.62 cm x 13.97 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Margaret E. Galligan
Field Hockey
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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