Sport: Lemon Aid

An uncommonly large crowd of 1,500 turned out last week to see a midweek college baseball game between Columbia and Fordham. What they had come see was a yellow ball—the first departure from the traditional white ball since the game was invented 99 years ago.

The lemon-colored ball was not a stunt to publicize college baseball, but a test case to prove that a yellow ball is easier to follow than a white ball, especially at the plate, where it tends to blend into the background of pitcher's shirt and bleacher crowd. Developed by a young color expert named Frederic Rahr,...

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