Year: 1973

Created by former Oakland A's owner Charles Finley, the Alert Orange Baseball is undoubtedly the shortest-lived of any sports "innovation." Quickly shelved after two days of testing during spring training, the orange-colored ball was intended to benefit fans and players by enhancing visibility. However, pitchers complained that the ball was slippery and difficult to grip, while batters said that the orange color made it too hard to read the spin on the ball. Lucky for them, Finley's fail would never see regular-season action.