Metropolitan Birmingham Corkball
Corkball a Sport-For-All- Ages
Let's Play Corkball
Corkball League could be a reality with a thought of being formed in the Greater Metropolitan Birmingham, Alabama.
All interested players wanting to form up and play as a Corkball team are encouraged to join in the possible forming of a Greater Birmingham Area team to Play Corkball.
Persons in the Birmingham area with interest toward forming this playing league please contact:
Major Wiley B. Channell USMC (Ret)
"What A Grand Addition For Sport Loving Fans Of the Greater Birmingham, Alabama Metropolitan Area As You Are Introduced To My Cousin "Little Corkball."
My cousin "Corkball" is a little smaller than his bigger Cousin "Baseball" but we have grown up together and we look almost as carbon copies. Tis only natural since we are cousins.
"A Corkball League could probably provide the best extracurricular exercise program and fun happening bringing back memories for many and leading to much better future success for the younger wannabe ball players."
Corkball is a "mini-baseball" game featuring a 1.6-ounce (45 g) ball, which is stitched and resembles a baseball. The bat has a barrel that measures 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) in diameter. Originally played on the streets and alleys of St. Louis, Missouri as early as 1890, today the game has leagues formed around the country as a result of St. Louis servicemen introducing the game to their buddies during World War II and the Korean conflict.
It has many of the features of baseball, yet can be played in a very small area because there is no base-running. The playing of corkball such as league play of the Al-Tigre Corkball League will be fun and a health kick too.
Corkball uses a 1.6-ounce (45 g) ball, which is stitched and resembles a baseball. The bat has a barrel that measures up to 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) in diameter and a maximum of 38 inches (97 cm) in length.
Playing fields are traditionally 30 feet (9.1 m) in width and 250 feet (76 m) in length. Different measurements are paced off to determine hits. A batter must hit the ball at least 15 feet (4.6 m) in order to register a hit.
Any hit between 15 feet (4.6 m) and 150 feet (46 m) is a single, up to 200 feet (61 m) is a double, up to 250 feet (76 m) is a triple and beyond 250 feet (76 m) is a home run. Measurements can be modified based on available conditions.
Baserunning is non existent due to the measured hits. Teams have a minimum of two players (pitcher and catcher) and a maximum of five players on the field at a time. Fielders may wear baseball gloves but are not required to. The catcher must wear a catcher's mask while behind the plate. Pitchers, while on the mound, can not wear a white shirt.
Pitching rubber and home plate are the same as used in baseball. "Runners" advance as many bases as the batter gets on the hit. If a runner is on first and the batter hits a double, then the resulting runners will be on second and third. If a runner is on first and the batter hits a single, then it will be first and second.
Playing rules for Corkball play are provided at:
Batter Up---- Let's Play Corkball....