You may have had one of these as a kid, a classic Wham-O Frisbee. Nebraska played a role in the history of this popular toy. In 1957, Lincoln hosted what was apparently the nation’s first organized Frisbee competition. Kylie Kinley writes about it in the new issue of Nebraska History News. (Click here to see the entire issue. The Frisbee story is on p. 11. See also “From the Collection” on p. 12.)
With forty contestants and five hundred spectators, the first United States Frisbee Match took place on November 2, 1957, at East Hills Country Club in Lincoln.
The event’s name was a bit of an exaggeration. It wasn’t official. It was the idea of a 26-year-old named Bob Howey, who told Sports Illustrated that “since it was his tournament, he and his buddies from the Diamond Bar and Grill could call it anything they wanted to.”
Every sport has to start somewhere.
—David Bristow, Associate Director for Research & Publications