Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Barbecue Restaurant Operator Invents `Global Ball'

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Barbecue Restaurant Operator Invents `Global Ball'

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BRAY, Okla. (AP) _ Larry Cramton, founder of Suzie Q's Bar-B-Q, has developed a game that he hopes will some day be bigger than baseball and golf combined.

Actually, it's a sort of combination of baseball and golf, bringing together some of the best aspects of both games.

He calls it "Global Ball," because it can be played practically anywhere.

"I used to own a golf course, with a driving range and a baseball pitching machine," he said. Sometimes, for fun, he and others would use the baseball bats to hit the golf balls, propelling them out of sight.

And sometimes they would use the baseball bats to putt golf balls around a miniature golf course in competition with youngsters using regular putters.

The idea was there, he said. It has taken time to develop, and has moved through several different incarnations along the way.

"When we opened Suzie Q's, I put in a ball club course," he said. Basically a small version of a regular golf course, it let him practice with a specially developed baseball bat _ until he lost the bat.

It was lost for seven years, he said, and during that time the idea sort of slipped away, falling behind the more immediate and pressing problem of keeping a barbecue restaurant and catering service in business.

Then he found the bat, and his interest in developing Global Ball was revived. He has patents and copyrights, he said, and he has looked into design and marketing aspects.

Now he's ready to introduce the game to the world, one step at a time.

He has built a 7-acre Global Ball field next to the Hilltop Church east of Marlow on State Highway 29. "This is a prototype," he said. The game can be played on golf courses, baseball diamonds, special playing fields such as this one, or in back yards, parking lots, gymnasiums _ just about anywhere.

Balls can vary from golf ball to handball to tennis ball and on to whiffle ball. …

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