New York City’s public parks are home to the largest collection of one-wall handball courts in the world, and it should come as no surprise given that the game originated in Brooklyn. In the 19th century, many ball-wall games, such as squash, made their way to the US from England and Ireland, joining the long history of rubber-ball sports in the Americas. All these ball-wall games, including early versions of handball, required three or four walls, but in 1909, an Irish-American immigrant named Charles J.
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