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Whatever happened to the rubber ball? In my youth if there were five kids hanging out, at least three of them would be carrying a rubber ball ready to utilize any wall, step, or curb for another game of the century. The ultimate in rubber balls was the Spalding. There were a lot of imitations around, but none of them performed like the Spalding. The Spalding had a distinct sound when hit. It traveled further than all the others. It was the Cadillac of rubber balls. When we lost one, we just went to the local candy store and bought another( when we could muster up a quarter. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough, but I can find baseballs, basketballs, soccer balls, golf balls, but no rubber ball.

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