Gear through the years
Flap over new NBA ball reminds us of other evolutions in equipment.
For all the drama caused by the NBA's new ball, you'd think this was the first equipment change in the history of pro sports. The truth is, there have been more changes in balls, bats, pucks and pads over the years than boos heard at Knicks games this season.
With the richest tradition among the four major U.S. team sports, baseball can also claim the lead in the number of changes made to game gear. And no single piece of equipment can claim as many changes as that white, tightly stitched ...
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