Pesapallo

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Game Pesapallo
Game Family Baseball Baseball
Location Finland
Regions Europe
Eras Derivative, Post-1900, Contemporary
Invented Yes
Description

Pesapallo is “Finnish Baseball.” This invented game is based on American baseball, and on the traditional Finnish games kuningaspallo, pitkapallo, and poltopallo, and was introduced in 1922. Some call it Finland’s national game.

Pesapallo  involves two 9-player teams, pitching via vertical toss from close to the batter, a zigzag basepath of progressive length [about 65 feet from home to first, about 150 feet from third to home], optional running with fewer than two strikes, a three-out-side-out rule, runners being either  “put out” or “wounded” (thus not counted as an out, and allowed to bat again), no ground-rule home runs, and four-inning games.

Nations with sizable Finnish emigrants (Sweden, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) compete in the annual world cup of Pesapallo.

 

Sources

An introduction to the game is found at http://www.pesis.fi/pesapalloliitto/international_site/introduction_to_the_game/

 



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