If you are going to swing an M^Powered wooden or non-wooden bat, there is nothing better to swing at then the M^Powered baseballs. Whether you buy a case of practice balls, weighted balls, softballs, or you order custom game balls, you can trust that what M^Powered delivers will be made from the best materials so you can get the most play out your purchase.
Over One Hundred Years of Baseballs
Baseballs have a come a long way since the 19th Century. Back then, they were made anything (like yarn) that could be wrapped around a core, which could be anything solid. The original baseballs were covered in brown leather and sewn together in an “X” style. In the first half of the 19th Century, baseballs were so lightweight that the defense could throw out a runner by throwing the ball and hitting the runner.
By the late 1800s, baseballs began to resemble what we know today. They were made of two pieces of leather stitched together in the figure-eight style that is still used today. In 1872, the baseball needed to have a vulcanized core, because it gave the ball more life than a simple strip of rubber gave. Six years later, Spaulding became the go-to manufacturer of balls for the professional teams. This was a surprising victory for Spaulding as other companies earned the honors in previous years.
The Dead Ball Years: Small Ball Only Please
In the first 20 years of the 1900s, the baseball was known as the dead ball, because the game became focused on small-ball. The games were full of infield singles, stolen bases, and bunts. The ball was used until it started to fall apart, so as balls became softer through excessive play, they did not travel as far as brand new balls would travel.
The Live Ball Era: Thank You, Mr. Ruth
The current time period in baseball is known as the Live Ball Era, because players began to hit with power. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Ty Cobb really brought this era to life and the fact that the ball became standardized during this time as allowed other players to continue to get some pop out of the balls. The rules for sizing and manufacturing balls for the Major Leagues have remained the same for decades. The ball needs to be made of horsehide or cowhide, stamped with the Official American or National League stamp. The red stitching came about in the 1930s and has remained with the games since then. The largest ball can be 9 to 9 ¼ inches around and weigh between 5 and 5 ¼ ounces. The stitches need to number 108.
Major League Quality from M^Powered
Our M^Powered balls are built and designed with the same standards that are used for games in the Major Leagues. We cannot call ourselves an official sponsor to the MLB, but our balls are made of the best quality materials. We use A/B grade hides and a high percentage of wound wool inside of the balls. We close them up by stitching them by hand. Many of the balls we make need to be specially ordered because we make them to order rather than make them just so they can sit around and wait, because fresh baseballs get the best pop at the plate.
Baseballs for All Levels of Play
We make a variety of different types of balls, for games, practice, and training balls. The raised level of the seam varies with the practice balls having a low seam, but the game balls with slightly raised seams. Our training balls are offered at a variety of different weights from 7 ounces to 13 ounces. We also sell balls for youth leagues and for fast pitch softball.
Take a look at some of our baseballs:
If you have any questions about baseballs for live play or for practice, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-877-NO-CORKS (or 1-877-662-6757).