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The Return of the Deadball


In honor of the close of the World Series, we’ve dug up an exceedingly rare toy: a baseball circa 1805.

Newly arrived at Hickorees, this Lemon Peel-style baseball is the kind of ball they played with when the game was still settling down: a little smaller, a little lighter and a whole lot softer—which meant you didn’t have to feel bad about nailing a runner in the back for an easy out.

You won’t hit quite as many homers with it, but if you’re trying to teach your nephew the basics and keep your brother’s windows intact at the same time, that might not be such a bad thing.