NJWA PRESENTS THE BATS OF WIFFLE®BALL

The NJWA has created this page to give all the Wifflers a brief history on all the Official Wiffle®Ball bats from 1954-Present.All the bats mentioned are GENUINE Wiffle®Ball bats, made or licensed by The Wiffle Ball Inc. of Shelton, CT. There have been a lot of "knock off" bats out there. Listed below are the only Wiffle®Bats.

THE HISTORY

In 1953 the Wiffle Ball Inc. was founded by David N. Mullany. The first year there was not a bat for the game, only a broom stick was used to hit this funny plastic ball that curved and swirled when it was thrown. In 1954 the first Wiffle®Ball bat was made. It was made out of wood and was called the “Official Wiffle®King.” From 1954 to 1972 bats were made under the name “Official Wiffle®Bat.” In 1958 a two piece plastic bat was made that snapped together. This bat was never marketed. In 1959-1999 a one piece yellow plastic bat was made with “Official Wiffle®Bat” stamped on the side. This is the bat you see in the stores today. In 2000, the Aluminum Wiffle®Ball bat will be released under the name Wiffle®Pro, manufactured by The Adeline Bat Company, Trenton, NJ. under license from The Wiffle Ball Inc.

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The Wooden Wiffle®King Bat

1954

In 1954 the wooden Wiffle®King was made by The Wiffle Ball Inc. of Shelton, CT. This bat is very rare because it was made for only one year . The bat came in one size, 31 inches long and had black tape wrapped around the handle. The bats diameter at the barrel is 1 1/8 inches and has "Official Wiffle®King" heat stamped on the barrel. This bat is valued at $125-$200 depending on the condition.

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Wiffle®King

Wiffle®King
Wiffle®King

Wiffle®King
Wiffle®King

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The Wooden Wiffle®Ball Bat

1955 - 1972

The Wooden Wiffle ball bat from 1955 to 1972 is the most popular model of all wooden bats. Made by The Wiffle®Ball Inc. of Shelton,CT, the bats sold well and came in four different lengths, 31, 32, 33 and 34 inches long. These bats are 1 1/8 inches in diameter at the barrel and have “Official Wiffle®Bat” heat stamped on the barrel. These bats also had black tape wrapped around their handle. The bats are valued at $45-$60 depending on the condition.

The Wooden Wiffle®Ball Bat
The Wooden Wiffle®Ball Bat

The Wooden Wiffle®Ball Bat
The Wooden Wiffle®Ball Bat

The Wooden Wiffle®Ball Bat
The Wooden Wiffle®Ball Bat

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The Two Piece Plastic Bat

1958

This was a prototype bat for The Wiffle Ball Inc. in 1958 and was never sold to the public. The bat was made of plastic and actually snapped together. Wiffle®Ball Inc. did not retail this bat because they thought the “two piece” design was not safe and was a bad idea. There are less then five of these bats in existence and they are all priceless. The “two piece” bat was the ground work for the bat that has changed the game forever. The yellow plastic bat. (No photo available).

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The Yellow Plastic Bat

1959 - 1974

This was a prototype bat for The Wiffle Ball Inc. in 1958 and was never sold to the public. The bat was made of plastic and actually snapped together. Wiffle®Ball Inc. did not retail this bat because they thought the “two piece” design was not safe and was a bad idea. There are less then five of these bats in existence and they are all priceless. The “two piece” bat was the ground work for the bat that has changed the game forever. The yellow plastic bat. (No photo available).

The Yellow Plastic Bat
The Yellow Plastic Bat

The Yellow Plastic Bat
The Yellow Plastic Bat

The Yellow Plastic Bat
The Yellow Plastic Bat

The Yellow Plastic Bat
The Yellow Plastic Bat

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The Junior Size Yellow Plastic Bat

1964 - Present

The first junior yellow plastic Wiffle®ball bats were made by The Wiffle Ball Inc. of Shelton, CT in 1964 and are still being made today. The bat is only 24 inches in length and has a 1 1/4 inch barrel. The words “Official Wiffle®Bat” are molded on the barrel in block lettering with a circle around the letters. This bat was designed for small Wifflers and is valued at $2.

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The Wooden Yugoslavian Imitation

1970 - 1971

This is the RAREST of all Wiffle ball bats. Only 8,000 of these bats were made. The bats were made in Yugoslavia and sent to a Philadelphia warehouse in the late 1950s. The Wiffle Ball Inc. confiscated the shipment because the manufacturer in Yugoslavia illegally infringed on their Trademark. When the bats were confiscated, The Wiffle Ball Inc. retailed them as regular bats under their trademark. These bats are 31 inches long only and the barrel is 1 1/8 inches in diameter. The words “Official Wiffle®Bat” are heat stamped on the barrel and the font is slightly different. The handle of the bat did NOT come with tape. The major differences with the bat are the heat stamping, the type of wood and the knob. The heat stamping is a dark red ink and the wood is slightly darker. The knob is thicker and very flat on the end. When the bats were shipped they had a tiny “Made in Yugoslavia” stamp on the tip of the bat. Very few bats have this stamp remaining, which adds value. This bat is valued at $250-$300 depending on the condition. With a “Made in Yugoslavia” stamp the value is $500.

The Wooden Yugoslavian Imitation
The Wooden Yugoslavian Imitation

The Wooden Yugoslavian Imitation
The Wooden Yugoslavian Imitation

The Wooden Yugoslavian Imitation
The Wooden Yugoslavian Imitation

The Wooden Yugoslavian Imitation
The Wooden Yugoslavian Imitation

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The Black Plastic Bat

1975

The black plastic Wiffle®ball bats were made by The Wiffle Ball Inc. of Shelton, CT in 1975 ONLY. The bat was black in color because of the plastic shortage in the mid 1970s. Black plastic was the only color available during the Gulf oil crisis. These bats are extremely rare and very hard to find. The bat is 31 inches in length only and has a 1 1/4 inch barrel. The words “Official Wiffle®Bat” were molded on the barrel in block lettering. The handle is smooth. There are no little dots for better gripping. The bat is valued at $60-$75 depending on the condition.

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Black Plastic Bat

Black Plastic Bat
Black Plastic Bat

Black Plastic Bat
Black Plastic Bat

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The Yellow Plastic Bat

1976 - 1982

In 1976 The Wiffle Ball Inc. of Shelton, CT went back to their traditional yellow bat. This bat mold lasted eight years and had a NEW feature. The “rough grip” was added to the handle. Tiny little dots are on the bats handle, making it a “rough grip.” This grip prevents the bat from slipping out of a batter's hands while swinging. The bat is 31 inches in length only and has a 1 1/4 inch barrel. The words “Official Wiffle®Bat” were molded on the barrel in block lettering. The bat is valued at $15-$20 depending on the condition.

Yellow Plastic Bat
Yellow Plastic Bat

Yellow Plastic Bat
Yellow Plastic Bat

Yellow Plastic Bat
Yellow Plastic Bat

Yellow Plastic Bat
Yellow Plastic Bat

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The Yellow Plastic Bat

1983 - 1991

In 1983 the mold of the yellow bat was changed. The words "Made in USA" were added to the bat and placed under the words "Official Wiffle®Bat." All letters were molded on the barrel in block lettering. The bats were made by The Wiffle Ball Inc. of Shelton, CT and the mold lasted nine years. The bats have a "rough grip" on the handle and are 31 inches in length only and have a 1 1/4 inch barrel. The bat is valued at $5-$10 depending on the condition.

Yellow Plastic Bat
Yellow Plastic Bat

Yellow Plastic Bat
Yellow Plastic Bat

Yellow Plastic Bat
Yellow Plastic Bat

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The Yellow Plastic Bat

1992 - Present

In 1992 the mold of the yellow bat was changed again. The font of the word “Wiffle®” on the barrel was changed to a bubbly text. The bats were made by The Wiffle Ball Inc. of Shelton, CT and the mold is still being used today. The bats have a “rough grip” on the handle and are 31 inches in length only and have a 1 1/4 inch barrel. The bat retails for $2.

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Yellow Plastic Bat

Yellow Plastic Bat
Yellow Plastic Bat

Yellow Plastic Bat
Yellow Plastic Bat

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The Wiffle®Pro

1999

In 1999 The Wiffle Ball Inc. of Shelton, CT authorized The Adeline Bat Company of Trenton, NJ the licensing agreement to manufacture and market an Aluminum Wiffle®ball bat. The bat is called “Wiffle®Pro” and is 36 inches long with a 2 inch barrel. The grip is leather and the words "Wiffle®Pro" are dark red in color and silk screened on the barrel. Only 59 of these bats were made as a prototype run. The bat is valued at $45-$60 depending on the condition. The “Wiffle®Pro” bat was the ground work for the bat that WILL changed the game forever. 

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Wiffle®Pro

Wiffle®Pro
Wiffle®Pro

Wiffle®Pro
Wiffle®Pro

Wiffle®Pro
Wiffle®Pro

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The Wiffle®Pro Black Magic Bat

2000

The aluminum Wiffle®Pro Black Magic Wiffle®ball bat  was released in December of 1999. The bat is distributed by The Adeline Bat Company of Trenton, NJ. The bat is 36 inches long with a 2 inch barrel. The grip is leather and the bat is all black in color. The words “Wiffle®Pro” and “Black Magic” are orange and white in color and silk screened on the barrel of the bat. The Wiffle®Pro Black Magic aluminum bat retails for $39.99.

Wiffle®Pro Black Magic Bat
Wiffle®Pro Black Magic Bat

Wiffle®Pro Black Magic Bat
Wiffle®Pro Black Magic Bat

Wiffle®Pro Black Magic Bat
Wiffle®Pro Black Magic Bat

Wiffle®Pro Black Magic Bat
Wiffle®Pro Black Magic Bat

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