In the late 1940’s, a table bowling game at Camp Morehead in Morehead City, NC would become the birthplace of Knuckleball. Like many games that are invented in school yards and playgrounds, Knuckleball was the collective invention of all of the Camp Morehead campers that played it. The table is about 5 feet wide and 8 feet long with a slope of around 10 degrees. In the early 1950’s Cap’n Pat of Camp Morehead capitulated to the campers and had the a new table made with two identical open sides. The point of the game is to use the former bowling pins as mallets to keep as many balls in play as possible. If one player lets one of the balls fall to the ground the game is over and the player that is next in line takes the spot. The game sounds relatively simple, but requires good hand-eye coordination, and requires more skill than you might think. Knuckleball is also incredibly addictive!
Many Campers at Camp Morehead enjoyed this table game for years. It is nice to see that the tradition has been passed along to our fellow campers at SeaGull and Seafare. Below I have inserted the plans for building your own Knuckleball Table, have fun and enjoy.
NOTE: Part of this post was taken from a blog post written by Tim Whitehouse, the original article can be found here: http://www.seagull-seafarer.org/news/archive/07-2012/history-knuckleball-and-how-it-came-sea-gull-and-seafarer