If history had progressed in a different way, if certain butterflies hadn’t flapped their wings, we could be watching Gabrielle Reece dominate mignonette, Tony Hawk would be the star sidewalk surfing, and Forrest Gump would have been an amazing wiff waff player. Today we will bring you the original name of 5 famous sports, showing you a glimpse of a world that could have been…
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1. BATTLEDORE AND SHUTTLECOCK
Battledore and shuttlecock was an old game very similar to badminton but without the net. The players had to keep the shuttlecock in the air as for the longest time possible by batting it around with battledores (the racquets).
2. KITTEN BALL
The sport we know today as softball used to be called kitten ball back in 1895. It also has been known as “pumpkin ball”, “mush ball”, and “diamond ball.” The name “softball” created 1926 by Walter Hakanson of the Denver YMCA.
3. WHIFF-WAFF OR GOSSIMA
The British upper class established this game in the 1880s, using books to knock a golf ball back and forth. It was called whiff-waff at the time but when a marketer heard about the game and started selling real paddles and balls it became known as gossima.
4. SIDEWALK SURFING
This one is easy to figure out, skateboarding, basically surfing on land. According to the legend, this sport was born when surfers in California were looking for a replacement for surfing when the waves were unfit to ride, they bolted some wheels on a surfboard and the rest is history.
Today’s volleyball was originally called mignonette, thanks to badminton. Because the gameplay was so similar to badminton, its creator, William G. Morgan, named it something similar to the existing sport. The name was changed when a player suggested the ball volleyed over the net like cannon fire, and thus, volleyball.
The world could really have been a very different, and yet strangely similar, place to live in. But we live in the real world, and if you want to always be well informed about the world of sports Don’t forget to check out our news section to get insights on sports events and the best betting advice.