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During this time the sport spread to the surrounding, mainly German-speaking, neighboring countries, and German emigrants also spread the sport in all continents, particularly in South America and West Africa.Fistball was first introduced to the United States in 1911 by high school teacher Christopher Carlton who had experienced it first hand on a summer vacation to Italy.But it hasn't all been smooth sailing - with Prince Philip known for being one of the most gaffe-prone members of the royal family.In May 2017, it was announced that he would be retiring from public engagements, having attended 110 days of engagements in 2016.However, it was seen less as a game of competitive nature and more as a pastime for nobles and gentry.In 1786, Johann Wolfgang Goethe mentioned fistball games between 'four noblemen from Verona and four Venetians' in his diary An Italian Journey.What is certain, however, is that the roots lie in the southern part of Europe, perhaps in Italy.
When exactly the game of fistball was "invented", is not known.
Philip was born on June 10, 1921, in Corfu, Greece, but his family was exiled when he was just a child.
Raised in the UK, he was also educated in France and Germany, later joining the Navy and serving in World War II.
Fistball was first presented in 1885 at the German Gymnastics Festival in Dresden. Heinrich Schnell, drafted the first German rules that outlined a sport with competitive elements.
The play and scoring however differed significantly from fistball as it is known today.