Alternative Sports: Ultimate
Of the many stories surrounding the origins of the flying disc, the most popular legend is that of the Frisbie pie tin. In the mid-1940s, Yale students, as a game, tossed empty metal pie tins from a local bakery, embossed with the Frisbie Pie Company name. In the mid- 1950s Warren Francioni and Fred Morrison had the idea of producing a plastic flying disc and, working in conjunction with the founders of the Wham-O company, produced the first plastic “Wham-O Pluto Platters.” Two years later, after getting rights to the patent, “Frisbee” became a registered trademark. The discs have been used ever since to play a variety of games, the most formal of which is Ultimate.