Joseph Sobek

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Joseph Sobek
Joseph George Sobek

(1918-04-05)April 5, 1918
DiedMarch 27, 1998(1998-03-27) (aged 79)
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
OccupationProfessional Tennis player
Years active1937–1985
Known forInventor of Racquetball and founder of Paddle Rackets Association
SpouseNancy Erlichman

Joseph Sobek (April 5, 1918 – March 27, 1998) was an American professional tennis and handball player, who invented racquetball in 1949; originally called "paddle rackets".[1][2][3] Sobek founded the National Paddle Rackets Association in 1952[3] and was the first person ever to be inducted into the Racquetball Hall of Fame.[1][2][4]

Joseph Sobek sporting his own designed "paddle racket"


  1. ^ a b Joseph Sobek, the Inventor Of Racquetball, Dies at 79;By FRANK LITSKY;Published: March 31, 1998
  2. ^ a b Orlando Sentinel;OTHER NEWS TO NOTE - DEATHS;March 29, 1998
  3. ^ a b "Historical Timeline – US Racquetball Museum". Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  4. ^ Racquetball Hall of Fame;Inductees