Temperatures like today's 100-plus degrees would be perfect for a cooling game of waterball.
You might wonder what "waterball" is. Well, I never heard of it either a few years ago when we put together an exhibit on the police and fire departments.
Waterball, my friends, was good clean fun back in the 1940s through 1960s for the Edina Fire Department.
Fire departments went head to head, shooting water from their fire hoses at a ball strung up on a line overhead. Whoever pushed the ball over to the opponents' side first won. The game gave the fire fighters a chance to practice aiming the sometimes unwieldy hoses and working together as a team.
I think it sounds like fun, don't you? But for some reason, Edina gave up the game, although waterball tournaments still provide entertainment at town festivals and July 4th celebrations in small towns throughout the state.
Unfortunately, we couldn't locate Edina's waterball for our exhibit grand opening events or to put in our collection. These pictures are what remain to tell the tale.
Top left, Edina Fire Department team: (left) Phil Bacon or Bill Feck, Ed Sherman, Bill Hansen, Ken Nelson, Ed Hansen and Bob Buresh, circa 1940s
Bottom left, Edina Fire Department team (left) competes against Long Lake Fire Department. No word on who won.
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