The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester has announced its 2009 inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame: the ball, the Big Wheel tricycle, and the Game Boy.

Other nominees for this year’s National Toy Hall of Fame were Cabbage Patch Kids, the Game of Life, Hot Wheels, the paper airplane, playing cards, Rubik’s Cube, sidewalk chalk, the toy tea set, and Transformers.

The ball, Big Wheel, and Game Boy join previous National Toy Hall of Fame inductees such as the bicycle, Play-Doh, the jump rope, and Mr. Potato Head. The Big Wheel was introduced at the 1969 Toy Fair in New York City and the Game Boy, by Nintendo, premiered in 1989. As for the ball….