'Beep Ball' Gets Blind in the Game

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2009 8:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – Baseball isn’t the national pastime only for those lucky stiffs who can see the ball. The blind have their own version of baseball, the Wall Street Journal reports, played with a beeping softball. Players use that beeping to time their swings and dive for balls. Some aspects are simplified—batters need only run to a single base before a fielder touches the ball to score a run—but its competitors play just as hard as their sighted counterparts.

“People don’t think it’s serious until they see a game,” says a National Beep Baseball Association VP. “They have a perception of what a blind person can do, and this shows them we can do a hell of a lot.”