Our Heritage

1948

In a family garage in Pasadena, two USC graduates, Richard Knerr and Arthur “Spud” Melin have started their own small company, called “WHAM-O Mfg. Co.”

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1957

The Frisbee® was born. On this day in 1957, machines at the Wham-O roll out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs–now known to millions of fans all over the world as Frisbees®.

1958

Amazing Action – Defies Gravity! Wham-O introduces its infamous hip-swiveling toy Hula Hoop®!

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1961

Easy Fun! Just Run and Slide a Mile! Wham-O launched Slip ‘N Slide® – water slide that changed our summer fun forever!

1965

Superball® made its first Big Bounce into the world!

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1968

First Frisbee® Golf Tournament took place in California

1971

On July 7, 1971, the bodyboard was born. Tom Morey trademarked the name and placed his first ad in the surf magazine

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1983

Wham-O starts new lifestyle fad called Hacky Sack®

1994

Mattel buys Wham-O from Kransco.

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1999

Hula Hoop® was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame

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2015

StallionSport Ltd and InterSport Corp have acquired the global rights to Wham-O

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2016

Wham-O continues enhancing its innovation and originality to create games that you can’t wait to play!

The story goes on!