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Play Balls
Edited by Richard O'Brien and Hank Hersch
April 28, 1997
About 80 baseballs are used during an average major league game. Here's what happens to them.
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April 28, 1997

Play Balls

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About 80 baseballs are used during an average major league game. Here's what happens to them.

18 are scuffed, tossed out by the ump and later used for batting practice

60 get fouled into the stands, most behind home plate and down the leftfield line

2 are belted for home runs

About 181,000 balls are used in the course of a major league season. Together they weigh about 29 tons. You could transport them all in an 18-wheel rig, with room for a few bats and gloves.

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