Invention (1965)

Joel Prichard, Barney McCallum, and others invented pickleball in 1965 in Washington.

Name Origin Stories:

Dog Story: Pickles, a Cockapoo puppy, inspired the name as it picked up the Wiffle ball during the game.

Pickle Boat Story: Joan Prichard, a competitive rower, associated the game with a "pickle boat," a term for weaker crew teams.

 Early players, including the McCallum family, affirm the "dog story" and recall naming the game after Pickles.

Dog Story  Supporters:

Pickle Boat Contradictions:

Pickle Boat Contradictions:

 Discrepancies arise as Pickles, the dog, wasn't present when the game started, contradicting the "dog story."

Debunking the Dog Story:

Debunking the Dog Story:

  Joel Prichard, in an oral history, refutes the "dog story," stating Pickles came later and was named after the game.

Impact of the Name:

Impact of the Name:

Some feel the unconventional name may hinder pickleball's serious sport acceptance, while others appreciate its quirky history.

Tenny Pong Consideration:

Tenny Pong Consideration:

Joel Prichard mentioned considering the name "Tenny Pong," indicating an alternative to "pickleball" during the game's early days.

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