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How many stitches does a baseball have?

Posted on | December 28, 2008 | 2 Comments

How many stitches does a baseball have?

How many stitches does a baseball have?

One of the most common questions I get asked is “How many stitches does a base ball have?” Not that is really matters when the ball hits a pitchers glove or a batters bat it just is one of those have to know questions!

There are 108 double stitches on a baseball (which some people call 216 stitches). The first and last stitches are completely hidden. They are sewn by hand, using 88 inches of waxed red thread. Most people are shocked to find out that the stitches are sewn in by hand and that it is not done by a machine they are all hand sewed and 80% of them are sewn in China. Amazing isn’t it!

Another questions I often get is “What baseball do you recommend for youth baseball?”
Wilson is one of the premier manufacturers of baseballs. I have used most every brand and model of ball including hundreds of Wilson A1030 balls over the years and see them as a good workhorse ball for youth level baseball games (though high school and adult baseball teams should use these for practice only).

Check out a whole bucket of Wilson A1030 baseballs and count the stitches on all the balls yourself …they all will have 108 double stitched hand sewn stitches!


2 Responses to “How many stitches does a baseball have?”

  1. nick Veltman
    June 9th, 2009 @ 11:46 AM

    i am writing a paper on the history of the baseball and this info was very helpful

  2. Coach JP
    September 13th, 2010 @ 2:47 PM

    Thank you…spread the word. Its free!

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