Water Polo Ball

Description
Founded in 1922, the Voit Corporation is one of the oldest sporting goods companies in the world. It is responsible for many patents, including the “first full molded, all-rubber inflatable ball.” In 1936, James R. Smith, in collaboration with AMF Voit, invented a rubber ball with a cotton bladder. At this time, the color of the ball changed from red to yellow. Folklore says that the most available rubber material used for the new balls was made from yellow life vests, but most agree that it was changed because yellow was more visible. In the 1950s and 1960s the Voit Company developed the first rubber-bodied water polo ball which was adopted as the official ball for college, international, and Olympic competitions. This ball was used by the San Jose State University men’s water polo team in the late 1970s.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
ball
ball, water polo
date made
1979
maker
AMF Voit
Physical Description
rubber (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14 in; x 35.56 cm
ID Number
1980.0451.01
accession number
1980.0451
catalog number
1980.0451.01
subject
College
Water Polo
Sports
Artifact Walls exhibit
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Artifact Walls exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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