The fourth decade of the World Wiffle® Ball Championship was certainly unprecedented. After 33 tremendous years in Mishawaka, the WWBC traveled west to Illinois: for five years in Skokie, and the last two in Midlothian.
Continued dominance of Indiana-based teams.
Headlining a national sports website.
And it ended with a 40th WWBC filled with nostalgia, heat, a new Hall-of-Famer, more heat, and an epic extra-inning Championship Game. By the end of the decade, 60 teams entered the World’s longest-running Wiffle® tournament to have a blast playing a kid’s game, to raise money for a great cause, and to compete for a trophy made of plastic bats.
We can’t wait to see what the fifth decade of the WWBC has in store, but one thing we can guarantee – one hell of a party in 2029 for the 50th!
WWBC in The Ringer
Before we talk a little more about the 2010s and highlight some of the decade’s great players, a sincere thank you is necessary for Zach Kram and The Ringer for doing such a fantastic job covering our quirky sport and tournament.
If you missed the article, you can find it here.
Player of the Decade Watch List
Four players have earned the title of Player of the Decade of the World Wiffle® Ball Championship:
- 1980s – Dave Steinhilber (Blue Ribbon Babys)
- 1990s – Dave Reed (Dud’s Gang) / Jason Zolman (Louisiana Fur Trappers / Blue Ribbon Builders)
- 2000s – Nate Hansen (Club Ripped)
During the opening ceremonies of this year’s tournament, a fifth player will be crowned POD of the 2010s. After combing through the analytics, including bWAR (wins above replacement after multiple beers), home run thefts, and average distance per homer, the following ten players have been named to the Player of the Decade Watch List:
Features on each of the ten players named to the Watch List will follow in newsletters over the coming months leading up to the 41st WWBC.
2020 WWBC Details
The 41st World Wiffle® Ball Championship will take place on July 18-19, 2020 at Memorial Park in Midlothian, Illinois.
All players will receive t-shirts, and teams will play four games on Saturday with the opportunity to qualify for Sunday’s single-elimination tournament.
Proceeds from the WWBC will again benefit South Suburban Humane Society. Since partnering with SSHS, over $5,000 has been raised to help animals in the Chicago Southland.
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