The first pink hi-bounce balls were actually surplus pink tennis ball cores. The spongy, hollow rubber spheres that were rejected by manufacturers due to minor flaws prior to having the fuzzy outer layer added to turn them into tennis balls. The balls were stamped “Hi-Bounce Ball” and sold at corner candy stores from the 1930s through to the 1970s.
The Pinky Ball is a classic old-time toy whose popularity never seems to wane. What began as a by-product of a manufacturing process has become a street game mainstay for many generations to come.