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Blind Baseball: How Fucking Cool Is This?

There is a competitive baseball-derived game called beep baseball that is played by blind and visually impaired athletes using a modified baseball that emits a beeping sound to enable blind or blindfolded players to locate the ball for hitting and fielding:

Beep Baseball, created in the mid 1960′s, is a modified version of traditional baseball played by visually impaired and blind athletes. Most of the Bombers games are played against sighted teams, with the use of blindfolds. The National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA) established the set of rules and sanctions teams all over the country.

The Bombers are the Long Island Bombers:

The Long Island Bombers are a dedicated group of baseball enthusiasts from the Long Island and Tri-state area. They just happen to be blind and visually impaired. They hold rigorous practices, instructional clinics and play exhibition and competitive games against sighted and other visually impaired teams in the Metropolitan area. The combined efforts of our players, volunteers and supporters are what make the Long Island Bombers successful.

Totally fucking coolio!

Comments

  1. says

    It is indeed really cool that this exists and people support it. As ProfInTrng said, blind cricket has been around for a while. Blind golf has also existed for over half a century—-there is even an international blind golf assn.
    These athletes kick ass!

  2. says

    I used to volunteer with the Miracle League, a league that lets physically and emotionally challenged kids play baseball. It was so much fun, I buddied with blind kid name William and it was so much fun. Even though he couldn’t see this kid had a goddamn rocket for an arm, which would probably make him the equivalent of Kyle Farnsworth. If you ever get a chance to see one of these leagues or blind baseball (saw that too! The beeper ball is awesome) go do it, its a lot of fun to watch.

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