|The game can be spelled skeeball, skee ball, or skee-ball.|
Did you know J.D. Estes first invented the game in 1909 to be played at his son’s birthday party? His prototype was a 36-foot lane blocked off by wooden rails. The players threw heavy metal balls toward three elevated holes.
You probably didn’t know that the Wurlitzer Company bought the rights to the game of skeeball in 1935 and sponsored the first skeeball tournament in Atlantic City, NJ that same year. Ownership then passed to the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1945.
It wasn’t until 1973 that the first electronic skeeball machines came into existence.Are you aware that there’s a skeeball league in America organized as Skeenation? If you check out their website, you can learn the history behind the names of skeeball teams such as Backskeet Boys, Bad News Bearskees, Big Lebowskees, Black Eyed Skees, Charleskee’s Angels, Charlie Skeen, Don’t Stop Skeelievin’, Easy Skeezy Beautiful Cover Girls, Jon Benet Ramskee, and Jerry Gar-skee-a. Though, we can probably figure out the history behind these clever names without even visiting the site, can’t we?
Maybe you knew all this. Maybe you didn’t. If your game play is as good as your knowledge about the sport, perhaps you ought to enter the Brewskee-Ball: the first ever national skeeball league. The skeeson started in May, but maybe you can skee if they can fit you in.