- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: January 17, 2007
Play Ball! This isn't child's play. Get the inside pitch on the multi-billion dollar, high-tech industry at the heart of professional sports and international commerce.
- For over a decade, MODERN MARVELS has brought grand stories to life.
- The ultimate celebration and investigation of engineering excellence.
- The story of the orbs we love to throw, kick, hit, catch, roll, putt…
Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, MODERN MARVELS® tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders.
Bouncing off a garage door or splitting the uprights at the Super Bowl, wherever in the world people play, there are balls. You may never give them a second thought, but these entertaining spheroids (don't forget rugby and American football) take millions of dollars to develop and - through retail sales and the pro sports that feature them - account for billions of dollars in worldwide trade.
THE HISTORY CHANNEL® definitively examines the global story of, well, globes.
It's no accident that balls bounce evenly, roll smoothly, spiral tightly, and consistently careen off our feet, bats, racquets and clubs. Join MODERN MARVEL® in an engaging exploration of the research, development, technology and performance of balls as they bounce through our sporting lives.
Tour the Wilson Football factory and the Rawling's Baseball factory in Costa Rica. Visit the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. And, in perfect THE HISTORY CHANNEL® style, learn about the ancient Mesoamerican ballgame juego de pelota, in which losing the game meant losing your head and showing up in the next match as the ball.
This is the ultimate look at the amazing world of BALLS!