The Origins Of The Baseball

By: Tim Noonan

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WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?

A baseball is a small round ball used in the game called baseball. Today we will be focusing on what the MLB uses for a baseball. The Rawlings Baseball. These baseballs can be found in any sport stores around the country and some department stores like Walmart.

WHAT DOES THE BASEBALL MEAN TO ME?

Baseballs are all around my house and are used almost every day. I use it to play with friends even to actually play a game. It also shows meaning. I have to any other people random baseballs on my shelves but they actually mean the world to me. That one baseball can represent a whole game, season or accolade.
How It's Made- Baseballs

HOW DOES THIS COMPETENCY RELATE TO OTHER AREAS OF MY LIFE?

This competency helps me look at all household objects in a different way. Especially baseballs. I know can see all of the people that work to get this one little cowhide exterior sphere into my life.

GLOBILIZATION

There are 4 main categories of globalization, they are economic, cultural, environmental and technological. This baseball has a direct problem that fits into each one of these four categories. The first problem is in environmental category. As much as humans may like to think resources aren't infinite and never ending. Much cowhide is needed for every baseball, not only baseballs but baseballs gloves use leather. Both of these baseball related items derive from the slaughtering of cows. Secondly, The culture aspect of baseballs cause a much slighter problem. Sometimes two different organizations come together and they are using different types of baseballs which could cause confrontations. Next is economic. Each baseball costs from 3-5 dollars and the MLB goes through nearly 160,000 baseballs. This is a lot never minding little leagues and school teams. Lastly, is technological. Not a problem but a good thing comes from this category. Technology will help the environmental part. The hope is that growing technology will find new possibilities to make the baseball and glove instead of using cows.

What materials are needed to make a baseball?

  1. CORK
  2. RUBBER
  3. RUBBER CEMENT
  4. WOOL YARN
  5. COWHIDE
  6. POLYESTER

HOW DO WE FIX PROBLEMS IN GLOBALIZATION?

It is know that the MLB has a baseball that is the only baseball that is used. This stops a culture war between teams. School baseball it is different. Each tam might have different baseballs and that causes each team to use different baseballs and might start the ideas and conspiracy that 1 team is cheating. To stop this all together either all baseballs should be made by only one company or all baseball must be made the exact same way.