Today marks the 62nd Anniversary of the invention of the Frisbee. The first Frisbee’s were produced on January 23rd, 1957 by the Wham-O Toy company. These devices were invented by Walter Frederick Morrison who first thought of the idea while playing catch with his girlfriend on the beach with a tin cake can, and then selling the 5cent can to others for 25% who wanted to throw it around on the beach. After serving time in the military and learning more about aerodynamics, Morrison invented his first version of the plastic disc called the “flying Saucer.” He improved the flying saucer in 1955 and sold it to Wham-O as the “Pluto Platter.”
Originally, Morrison did not like the name of Frisbee, and insisted on continuing to call his flying disc the Pluto Platter. But, after a few million in sales Walter no longer complained about the name of the Frisbee or his highly successful invention. Today Frisbee sales continue at a a scorching pace with Ultimate Frisbee and Frisbee Golf being two of the fastest growing sports in the United States and Canada.