History Schmistory: February 9. Lazy-ball.

1895: William G. Morgan creates a game called mintonette, soon to become volleyball, -because mintonette just sounds silly. 🙂
Having known and worked for James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, Morgan felt confident he could create his own, less physically demanding sport for slightly older kinesthetic folk like himself. His original rules were quite different from those we know today. For one thing there was no limit to the number of players you could have as long as both sides were even. Also, each side could hit the ball as many times as they wanted before sending it over the net. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz. Thankfully, volleyball has become a much more athletically intriguing sport than it once was. Seriously, how effective could your team possibly be in those dresses?

Wonder what Morgan would have to say about how things have progressed since his day? …