Athletic Basics from the UK, USA & Canada



Red Rose Rocket

30.7.14

We release our first ever baseball on Friday, and just so you don’t think we are losing our marbles, here is why. I did hear this off a bloke in a pub so the credibility as story has to be taken with a large portion of sodium chloride. In the late 1800’s there was a bloke from Clitheroe (just down the road from us) who made cricket balls. He made them for local teams and for Lancashire Cricket Club. His balls (pervert) were well known in the local area until Lancashire and a few other teams signed deals with major cricket ball suppliers. He was pretty peeved as you can imagine, about 6 months later he received a letter from the people at The Boston Red Sox, telling him they had a few expats that wanted to start a cricket team and if he could make some balls for them.

To put an extremely long story short, he supplied balls to the Red Sox cricket team and then he suggested making a baseball. The Red Sox played with the magical, Lancastrian ball during the off season and even had a deal to make it the official ball of the National League. However it all fell through when they decided it was a bit weird getting balls from the UK when it was a US sport… Now they are made in Vietnam…

Anyways the ball that was used and tested was called the Red Rose Rocket as it was a fraction lighter than the standard baseball and slightly bigger, thus easier to hit. Right, that is enough of that. We do odd stuff, but there is usually a reason like…