When was Pickleball invented and by who?


In 1965, the sport of Pickleball was first played in the United States. In the fall, Congressman Joel Pritchard and wealthy businessman Bill Bell returned to Pritchard’s Bainbridge Island, Washington, residence after a summer of golfing. They decided to play badminton since they had bored youngsters at home. There was an old badminton court on Pritchard’s land, so they set up there intending to play. But they couldn’t locate enough rackets for a complete game, and in order to get around this, he improvised by using leftover ping-pong paddles and the Wiffle ball. A new game was developed from the strewn-about pieces. The sport is best known now as Pickleball.

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