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The History of Softball

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Autumn Prescott

on 1 February 2013

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1926 : softball actually named "softball" after a Denver YMCA official brought it up as a suggestion How it formed The first league outside the U.S. was organized in Toronto, Canada in 1897 When it got started The game of softball started on Thanksgiving
day in 1887. Men originally played and invented softball. It was introduced at a Harvard - Yale football game. In 1889 the first league was formed, which was a winter league. Softball made a huge leap in 1933 when a reporter from Chicago and a salesman of sporting goods created a tournament to go along with the world fair After world war 2 Canadian soldiers intoduced softball to the Netherlands. Softball game facts 12in ball is standard in most youth leagues By Autumn Prescott The History of Softball When the weather became warmer, softball was taken to an outdoor field. ( all of which were to small to be baseball fields.) Softball's were anywhere from 10 - 20in in diameter The year and the facts 1931 : A team of men who called themselves " The kids and kubs" traveled around the country playing softball 1933 : The Amateur softball association was formed. They brought rules that became standardized and were needed to the game How softball got more notice 55 teams were to compete in 3 divisions :
Men's fast pitch, Men's slow pitch, and women's A total of more than 350,000 people watched the
games at the world fair fairgrounds.
( This tournament is what propelled softball onto the
world stage) Introductions Teams, leagues, and tournaments started to pop up in tons of U.S. cities and around the world Australia was introduced to softball in 1939 The United Kingdom was introduced to softball in 1969 when the movie " A touch of glass " was being filmed The size of the field varies between the age and slow or fast pitching games The pitching rubber/mount is 35 - 50ft from home plate The fast pitch game has caught the most attention internationally A fast pitch pitcher can send the ball to the plate at speeds equal to those of MLB pitchers More softball game facts The American pro. slow pitch league became the first of 3 men's pro. softball leagues to play between 1977 - 1982 Since 1951 the International softball federation has governed softball competitions world wide The 1st women's fast pitch world championship was played in 1965 in Melbourne, Australia It Was played in the olympics in 1966 More than 25 million people in the U.S. alone now actively play softball Unfortunately in the last meeting of the International olympic committee held in Singapore July 2005, softball and baseball were voted to be dropped as an olympic event for the summer 2012 olympic games How it got started The game of softball started when a man from Yale playfully threw a boxing glove at the Harvard grads after the game was done and bets were paid A fan from Harvard hit the glove away with a broom handle. A game of indoor baseball commenced as a result George Hancock, part of the Harvard and Yale alumni who gathered at the Farragut boat club in Chicago that day to hear the score of the annual football game, made a large, softball by taking a boxing glove and tying it The ball was fielded bare handed because it was soft and didn't require gloves like those used in baseball He made a small baseball field with chalk inside the boat club and the game was underway. The game lasted an hour, ending with the score 40 - 41 Hancock wrote down rules and came up with a big softball and a bat that had a rubber tip that was good for indoors. He even painted permanent foul lines on the floor of the boat club.
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