Pickleball Birthplace Bainbridge Island


Congressman Joel Pritchard, Barney McCallum, and Bill Bell invented the game of Pickleball one summer afternoon in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, WA. In Barney's own words, here is the story, along with views of the original (and oldest) pickleball court in the world.







Original Pickleball Court


  1. Joan Berdahl says:

    Loved the jazz along with the ff video pickle ball playing! Don’t want to entertain a suspicious or incorrect notion, but does the Bill Bell that you mentioned happened to have been a tuba instructor to Harvey Phillips, founder of Tuba Christmas??

    If not true, squelch that rumor, immediately! If true, it would be a delightful coincidence! JB