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PostPosted: 10 Jun 2013, 22:15 
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 01830.html

Every sport has its seminal, game-changing moment, when new techniques or technology brings about a revolution in play.

For ping pong, that moment came in 1952.

Rec room historians love to tell the tale of Marty Reisman, the skinny Jewish kid from Manhattan's Lower East Side who entered that year's Table Tennis World Championships in Bombay as the front-runner. Standing in Reisman's way was the little-known Japanese player Hiroji Satoh, who used an unorthodox paddle fashioned with spongy rubber on each side. Unlike the hard, sandpaper-sided paddles of the day, the sponge allowed Satoh to manipulate the ball with vicious spins, flummoxing his opponents. With his competitive advantage, Satoh handily beat Reisman en route to the world title.


Someone please tell the Wall Street Journal that hardbat isn't sandpaper. |( |( |(

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The WSJ gets so little stuff right and doesn't care. Why would they care about this?

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Not to mention perpetuating the tired myth that Reisman was the 'front-runner', which was mostly Reisman's own notion, not supported by the facts.


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