Craig Kimball was a little disappointed when his teenage son told him the highlight of a recent summer trip the two took to Maine was a cousin\u2019s Wiffle ball tournament. Kimball said he thought the outings he carefully planned to Bar Harbor and other sites in Maine should have made at least as great an impression. But then he got an idea. When Kimball and his son, Keith, returned home to Fairfield, they did a little research and discovered the Wiffle ball was invented in Fairfield in 1953. \u201cOnce I decided to register a tournament with the Wiffle company, I corresponded through emails with David J. Mullany, owner of Wiffle Ball Inc. in Shelton,\u201d Kimball said. A kitchen table invention \u201cDavid told me his father and grandfather designed the Wiffle ball at the kitchen table of their home on Edge Hill Road here in Fairfield,\u201d Kimball said. \u201cThat\u2019s when the bulb went off \u2014 what would be better than to bring Wiffle Ball back home where it all started, especially on [the town of Fairfield\u2019s] 375th anniversary?\u201d he said. The Wiffle Ball Inc. is located at 275 Bridgeport Ave. in Shelton. \u201cWe have always tried to produce the highest quality product at an affordable price, all right here in the USA,\u201d David J. and Stephen A. Mullany write on the company\u2019s website, www.wiffle.com. How the Wiffle ball was invented According to the company\u2019s website, David and Stephen\u2019s grandfather was watching his 12-year-old son (who is David and Stephen\u2019s father) play a game in their backyard using a perforated plastic golf ball and a broomstick handle. The son\u2019s arm felt \u201clike jelly\u201d from trying to throw curveballs with the golf ball, so \u201cGramp\u201d picked up some ball-shaped plastic parts from a nearby factory, cut various designs into them, and had his son test them. \u201cThey both agreed that the ball with eight oblong perforations worked best,\u201d says the website. \u201cThat's how the Wiffle perforated plastic ball was invented. To this day, we don't know exactly why it works\u2026 it just does!\u201d The brand name was based on the expression of calling a strike-out a "wiff.\u201d Learn more about the company and its beginnings at www.wiffle.com. Charity game in Fairfield In Fairfield, Kimball quickly organized a preliminary Wiffle ball tournament to take place Sept. 27 at the Roger Ludlowe Middle School field. He was assisted by Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Sue Kiraly from that town\u2019s Parks and Recreation Department. Competing were teams made up of Fairfield police officers, firefighters, and Town Hall and public works employees, all playing to benefit the Fairfield fire and police benevolent funds. To learn more about the event, go to fairfieldwiffle.com.