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The Way They Were

September 30, 1998

How some sports were played differently at their inception:

1. TENNIS: Used wooden ball

2. BADMINTON: No net used

3. SOCCER: Kicked ball through hole into net

4. "SACRED BALL GAME OF MEXICO": Losers decapitated

5. GOLF: Used grapefruit-sized hardwood ball

Source: "Ancient Inventions" (Peter James and Nick Thorpe, Random House, 1994)

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