I gave him the ball.
I gave the ball to him.
I was standing in the middle of Yankee Stadium, and I gave him a ball signed by Babe Ruth while a crowd of thousands cheered on.
The French, it seems, are sticklers for word order, reminding me of the oft repeated phrase:
"It is not so much what you say in French, but how you say it."
The word order for French object pronouns, both direct and indirect, is as follows:
Subject, direct object, indirect object, verb.
Je le lui donne, Je le lui donnais, Je le lui ai donné -
I am giving it to him, I gave it to him, I gave it to him.
With dual construction verbs, put the object pronouns before the second verb.
Je dois lui parler. - I have to talk to him/her.