Pesäpallo is a fast-moving bat-and-ball sport that is often referred to as the national sport of Finland and has some presence in other countries including Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, and Canada’s northern Ontario.
Pesäpallo is a combination of traditional ball-batting team games and North American baseball. Pesäpallo was invented by Lauri “Tahko” Pihkala in the 1920s. Pesäpallo has changed with the times and grown in popularity.
Lauri “Tahko” Pihkala (born Gummerus, 5 January 1888 – 20 May 1981) was the inventor of pesäpallo, the Finnish variant of baseball. In 1969 he became one of the first persons to receive an honorary doctorate in Sport Sciences from the University of Jyväskylä, together with president Urho Kekkonen and Professor Kaarina Kari.
Pihkala competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics and ranked 16th in the high jump.
He also participated in the discus throw event but his result is unknown. At the 1912 Summer Olympics he was eliminated in the first round of the 800 m competition.
In the 1910s he became the first Finnish professional coach in athletics, and also worked as a physical education instructor with the Finnish Army.Pihkala was known for being an avid sports fan, and he developed several outdoor games.
Memorial of Pihkala by sculptor Nina Sailo was unveiled in 1988 on the south-east side of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.
Introduction of the Game in India
The credit of introducing the game in india goes to Mr. Chetan Pagawad.He is first person who found this game from Finland and started India in 2008 .
He is founder of PESAPALLO FEDERATION OF INDIA establishment in national level in 2010. Born on 22nd April 1980 in Kalyan, Maharashtra, India. He is a Textile Engineer and completing Master of Management Study – Marketing, Master of Management Study– Physical Education. In the year 2007, he learnt the pesapallo games rule & regulation from website, facebook, Youtube, website and started to teaching small age group player in Maharashtra state.
He is continually doing effort for involving this game in School game federation of India (SGFI) and in year 2017 first national orientation program completed from 26 to 28 May 2017 venue – SAI Centre, Rajnadangaon, Durg, Chhattisgarh, India.
In the 2017 he became the first Finnish professional coach in Pesapallo, and also under First time India team played in World Cup 2017 in Turku, Finland and Won Bronze Medal in Women Team.
Mr. Jussi Pyysalo is CEO of Superpesis And International Pesapallo Community. He is first Person contacted to Mr. Chetan Pagawad in 2015 and taking interest to visiting in India. He was Visited in India Pesapallo National Championship 8th Senior Men / Women & Sub-Junior Championship from 4th to 7th November 2016 Venue – Trivandrum, Kerala, India & 9th Senior & Junior Championship from 11th to 12th November 2017 Venue – Telengana, India. He is father of Pesapallo Federation of India.
Mr. Juha Antikainen is Chief Coach of International Pesapallo Community. He Visited along with Mr. Jussi in India Pesapallo National Championship 8th Senior Men / Women & Sub-Junior Championship from 4th to 7th November 2016 Venue – Trivandrum, Kerala, India & 9th Senior & Junior Championship from 11th to 12th November 2017 Venue – Telengana, India. He is continually coaching & teaching game techniques to all Indian coaches & players.
Mr. Tapani Linna is press reporter from Finland. He was Visited along with Mr. Jussi in India Pesapallo 9th Senior & Junior Championship from 11th to 12th November 2017 Venue – Telengana, India. He was good player of Pesapallo and now playing many times in superpesis. He was help to publish india pesapallo activity in finland and all over world.
Ms. Anna Hakala is first women from Finland Visited in Pesapallo 9th Senior & Junior Championship from 11th to 12th November 2017 Venue – Telengana, India. He was good player of Pesapallo and now playing many times in superpesis. She was help teaching to Indian referee s rules & regulation of game.