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The tanned leather used to cover the balls played with in the game of baseball. Prior to 1974, the Cork center balls were wound with twine then covered with Cowhide. Currently, alum-tanned horsehide is used for high-grade baseballs. Inexpensive balls may be covered in Kip or Sheepskin.
Resources and Citations
- Polymer Handbook, Sealants and Adhesives
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- American Leather Chemists Association Glossary at www.leatherchemists.org