As of 2020 Pickleball was invented 55 years old.”Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum — whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities — are credited for creating game.” – USAPA history of pickleball
The Pritchards had a dog named Pickles, and he and his friends, the Pritchard’s and the McCallums, had some fun at the party. Anyway, for the hell of it, let’s just call it pickleball, because it’s a fun, fun sport, and it has been around for a while. Others claim that this account might actually be true, but it’s just a myth, and not a true account of the history of pickleball.
It’s been assigned an official name since early years, but it’s still a popular game in many parts of the world, especially in the United States. According to one story in the New York Times, only a couple of months after the game was invented, the Pritchards buy a cocker spaniel and named it Pickles. As the game progressed, the official name needed to be changed to pickleball and it was officially born in the United States in 1884, according to the National Park Service.