Racquetball is a sport that was developed in the 1940s by Joe Sobek and Dick Spalding.
Joe Sobek had been working with paddles for many years before he met Dick Spalding who shared his interest in developing new sports from old ones. They would go on to work together with engineers at Cornell University where they experimented with paddles of all shapes and sizes in an attempt to find one that best suited their needs.
When they finally found a paddle, the next step was finding a ball for their new game which led them back to Joe’s original idea of using a tennis ball wrapped up in corduroy to create a ball that would bounce off the paddle when hit. This proved to be too difficult, however, so they decided to use a regular squash ball instead. The rest is history!
What Two Games Were Combined To Form The Sport Of Racquetball?
Racquetball is a sport that was created by combining two games-Jai alai and squash. Jai alai was a popular game in Spain which used a flat, scooped ball and featured players throwing it at a high speed onto the ground to make it bounce off.
Squash on the other hand was played with a smaller ball and you had to hit it against one of the walls inside the court. These two popular games were combined and thus racquetball was born!
The two men combined two different games to create racquetball, paddleball, and squash.