BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
REHOVOT, ISREAL - The official world series occurred in 1903 from October 1 - 13 between the Boston Pilgrims, and the Pittsburgh Pirates to determine the Major League Baseball championship. Pittsburgh's right fielder Jimmy Sebring is the first person in World Series history to hit a homerun. Boston raised the ticket price during the World Series, and close to 100,000 baseball tickets were sold. Bleacher seats sold for $0.50, and grandstand seats sold for $1.00. Baseball fans rode in a train for 23-hrs between Boston, and Pittsburgh to watch the World Series.
The 113th World Series started on Tuesday between the Houston Astros, and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Game 4 of the World Series will be this Saturday at Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas, and opened by a seven-year-old baseball fan named Hailey Dawson who was born without three fingers on her right hand. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas' (UNLV) college of engineering faculty, and students worked enthusiastically to design, and manufacture a 3-D printed prosthetic hand, which, will enable her to participate in Game 4 of the World Series. UNLV faculty, and students used Stratasys 3D printing solutions to make it possible for her to grasp, and throw a baseball as she prepares for this Saturday at Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas.
Hailey was born with Poland Syndrome, named after Alfred Poland, a British surgeon, an unusual birth defect in which the subject is born with missing, and at times, underdeveloped muscles, resulting in the malformation of a hand, shoulder, arm, etc.. Medical professionals told Yong Dawson, Hailey's mother, her daughter would have to wait until she is a teenager to be fitted with a custom prosthetic hand. However, Yong disregarded the opinions of various medical professionals, and contacted the University of Nevada, Las Vegas after months of exhaustive research. Department Chair, Dr. Brendan O’Toole of UNLV’s Mechanical Engineering gladly accepted the prosthetic hand as a department project, and guided engineering students in the production of the hands for baseball games using Stratasys 3D printing solutions. “The project combines mechanics and robotics, and we get the added bonus of helping someone,” O’Toole said.
Shawn W. Anderson