Who Invented the Frisbee?

March 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Of the claims to the title "inventor of the Frisbee," the clear winner is Walter Morrison, if one considers only who brought the idea to the marketplace. He saw the sales potential in a flying saucer-like disc as early as 1937, briefly selling cake pans for a quarter to throw around on the beach in southern California. But the students of Yale, who had been tossing the Frisbie Pie Company's tin plates since 1920, also claim the game. If not for Yale and their local bakery, the flying disc might still be called the Pluto Platter, the name Morrison gave his invention. Wham-O bought Morrison's flying saucer and renamed it the Frisbee in 1957, after hearing it from students at Yale.

The Frisbie Pie Company closed in 1958, so the dispute over whether its pie plates or cookie tin lids flew better may never be settled.


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