On This Day In History, Jan. 23, 1957, WhamO Produces First Frisbees, Reshaping Leisure, Sport

On This Day In History, Jan. 23, 1957, WhamO Produces First Frisbees, Reshaping Leisure, Sport

Rachel McCord plays Frisbee on July 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Dubbed the "flying saucer," the original Frisbee was introduced in 1948 by Southern California entrepreneur Fred Morrison.

A dog pulls out a frisbee at La Grande-Plage in Biarritz, southwestern France, October 18, 2022.

A group of protesters marched outside the General Accounting Office (GAO) in Washington to draw attention to the GAO's investigation into the 1947 Roswell, New Mexico balloon crash. falling UFO.

Xi'an University of Physical Education V7 team (marked in blue) will fight against Xi'an Terra-Cotta Warriors RJM team in the opening match of the first China National Major Frisbee League on August 6, 2022 in Xi'an. , Shaanxi Province. (Zhang Yichen/China News Service via Getty Images)

According to the organization's website, it has 103 member federations representing disc sports, including ultimate frisbee and beach golf, and athletes of those sports from over 100 countries.

Rutgers and Princeton first played Intercollegiate Ultimate Frisbee on November 6, 1972 — 103 years after the first college football game at the same two New Jersey schools.

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Some toy industry sources estimate that more Frisbees have been sold than the current population of the United States and that over 90% of Americans have thrown a Frisbee. This would make it the most popular form of participation in the country.

China seems to be the next frontier for Frisbee.

Discus has become very popular in the communist country in recent years.

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"The next two years will be a period of rapid growth for the Frisbee industry in China," Frisbee expert Xue Zhixing told China Daily, the Chinese government's official English-language newspaper, in August.

"The supply side such as sports fields and Frisbee-related products should be fully developed, and primary and secondary schools and universities are expected to become potential plateaus for the industry in the future."

Historical photo: Frisbee at the fair, 1957.

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