What Was the First Volleyball Made Of?

There is dispute over whether the ball used in the first volleyball game was a basketball or a basketball's inner air bladder. Basketballs at the time (1895) were made of leather, while basketball bladders were made of cloth. The first ball manufactured for use in volleyball was made of leather.

Unlike the basketball possibly used in the first game, the first ball specifically designed for volleyball had a bladder made of rubber, not cloth. This made the ball more elastic than a basketball, despite the two being made of similar surface materials. The ball was manufactured by the Spalding sports equipment company upon request of William G. Morgan, the sport's creator. Morgan was dissatisfied with the performance of the ball and air bladder he had attempted to use early on in the development of the sport.