ATLANTA (AP) - In the game of blind baseball, players use their sense of sound to make up for their lack of sight. They play what is called Beep baseball with an oversized softball that beeps and bases that buzz. The National Beep Baseball Association was founded in 1975 and teams were formed nationwide, including one called the Atlanta Eclipse that plays in east Atlanta.
Because players have varying degrees of blindness, blindfolds are worn to ensure fairness. The pitcher and the catcher are sighted and play on the same team as the batter. For the players, the game is about much more than physical activity; It helps them cope with the challenges of being blind.