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Published on Nov 21, 2006
Go to http://www.peterreynolds.ca to read about this replica of Canada's famous Munro table hockey game, invented in Toronto in the early 1930s by Donald Munro. Munro, out of a job due to the Great Depression, was looking for a way to support his family, and built the first game in the basement of his home. (In Atlantic City, about the same time, Charles Darrow, also unemployed, was inventing Monopoly on his kitchen table.) Mrs. Munro and neighbors crocheted the red and green nets and the Munro sons delivered the games, wrapped in newspaper,by street car to the T.Eaton Company department store. The game, constructed of wood with wire controls and using a ball-bearing "puck", evolved over the years and in 1954 was replaced by the now familiar rod hockey game (a Swedish invention). Original games are on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. You will also see replicas of Munro's table BASEBALL game. It was manufactured in the early 1940s during World War II. The game was endorsed by Babe Ruth.