The horsehide pertains to the ball used in a baseball game. The ball consists of a core of rubber or cork covered in wool with a cowhide or white horsehide. One hundred eight handwoven stitches bind the cowhide leather. The leather cover is generally made up of two parts in peanut shapes, traditionally made of red-colored fabric. The pipe plays a vital role in the journey of throwing baseball because the drag between the pipe and air is induced.

The control of the stitch direction and the ball speed helps a pitcher have an apparent effect on the pitched ball’s action. The curve, the cutter, the fastball, the quick ball with four seams, the clip, and the sinker are commonly seen. The cloth cover is typically cowhide rather than horsehide on a baseball. One may say to a slugger, “knock off the ball with the horsehide”.

History of Horsehide

Horsehide had been the shield for decades because it was less likely than cowhide to stretch. It was partially appropriate because they attempted to play the whole game with or as little as possible in the early days. In the twenties, it became moot, but horse hide continued to be used until the eighties or so when horse hide got prohibitively pricey, and cowhide eventually was embraced as the traditional baseball cover.

The scale, form, weight, and development of horsehide in the early-mid 1800s were very varied. Early simple balls were made of old, molten, yarn-wrapped, and leather-coated rubber core. In some places, fish eyes have also been used as the heart. Pitchers usually made their balls that were used before the game and were relieved during the game. The “Lemon peel” ball, named for its distinct four stitching lines, is one of the most common previous ball styles. Lemon peel balls were darker, lighter, and weighed less than other baseballs, allowing them to fly much faster and bounce higher.

Since the settlement, baseballs or horsehide have experienced just a few minor changes. The US banned rubber for non-war products, including baseballs, after the Second World War. In 1943, baseballs were made from a certain kind of tropical tree, using rubber-like balata shells instead of rubber. That year, the demand for baseball increased considerably.