Get the Answer to This Common Pickle Riddle
I'm just gonna say it.
Pickleball is a weird name.
But what's even weirder than the name itself is how there's two stories that have been repeated time and time again by the founders. One founder says his story is right, the other says his is right.
Confused? So was I.
Instead of telling you which one I think is right, because I honestly can't tell, I'll lay them both out for you so you can make your own decision as to why is pickleball called pickleball.
Fair warning: This peer into the history of pickleball will only get stranger from here on out...
1: The Pickle Boat Story
2: The Dog Story
On the other hand, the other founders and first players of the game called McCallums and Browns say that the dog is named after Pritchard family's dog Pickles.
It was a cute little cockapoo puppy that was gifted to Joel Pritchard from one of his neighbors that had an insatiable appetite for whiffle balls.
As the story goes, before the game pickleball was named pickleball, the dog Pickles would run onto the original pickleball court and snatch up the plastic wiffle ball into its mouth and take off like a bat outta hell.
One night when they were in the living room of Pritchard family cabin, the McCallum and Browns were lounging with pickles the dog sitting in the middle of the living room. Apparently, someone got the idea to name the game pickleball after Pickles the dog.
And that's the origin story of how a family dog is why the sport was called pickleball.
Which One is True?
What does pickle mean in pickleball?
Pickle in pickle ball refers to either a pickle boat or Pickles the dog, depending on who you ask.
Where did pickleball originate?
Pickleball originated in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, Washington, United States. It was created by Joel Pritchard, a former Congressman from Washington State, and two of his friends, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum, as a way to provide entertainment for their families during the summer.
What breed of dog was pickleball named after?
The breed of dog that pickleball was allegedly named after was a Cockapoo.