Barney McCallum – A Wonderful Life

The pickleball world has lost its last living founder, inventor and a pioneer of this great sport. Barney McCallum passed away at his home in Seattle, WA on Monday, November 18, 2019. He was 93 years old. I will miss his sharp wit and humor, our in-depth conversations, his amazing storytelling, and his true friendship [...]

2019-11-20T13:26:47-07:00November 19th, 2019|

Wish Barney McCallum a Happy Birthday

Did you know that there is just ONE living founder of pickleball and soon he will be 93 years old? Yes, it’s Barney McCallum of Seattle, Washington. Wish him a happy birthday and share your pickleball history, story and gratitude with him. He loves hearing from players around the world and their story of why [...]

2019-07-17T07:25:48-07:00July 16th, 2019|

History of Pickleball – More Than 50 Years of Fun!

Yes, the first ever history book on the sport of pickleball is finally done! This three-year journey with my mom (co-author Beverly Youngren) has definitely been a challenge but we did it – Hellooooooo History of Pickleball – More Than 50 Years of Fun! If you love pickleball, you will love this book. If you [...]

2019-06-11T23:49:56-07:00April 2nd, 2018|

Pickleball Turns 50

This year marked the golden anniversary of pickleball, and while some celebrations and festivities happened, there were not as many as I thought would have, or had even hoped for. I think it is a big deal that this sport started 50 years ago, and today is the last day to celebrate that pickleball has officially turned 50! [...]

2019-06-11T23:50:25-07:00December 31st, 2015|

Happy 50th Birthday to Pickleball

Happy 50th birthday pickleball! Just think 50 years ago pickleball was created by families having fun one summer day on Bainbridge Island, WA. To celebrate this milestone Alex Hamner and I made the trek to visit our buddy Barney McCallum – the last surviving founder of pickleball. We spent several days visiting, exploring, playing, laughing [...]

2019-06-11T23:50:29-07:00August 27th, 2015|

Bainbridge Island WA, Barney McCallum and pickleball clinic

In July I was hoping all would work out for a quick trip to Bainbridge Island, WA to visit with the last surviving founder of pickleball – Barney McCallum. All worked out!! Alex Hamner and I flew from San Diego to Seattle and for four action packed days we made the rounds to see friends, [...]

2019-06-11T23:50:31-07:00July 27th, 2015|