Softball history

History of SOFTBALL

  • Softball created

    Softball created
    Softball originated in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day
  • Who and how it was created

    Who and how it was created
    • A group of about twenty young men had gathered in the gymnasium of the Farragut Boat Club in order to hear the outcome of the Harvard-Yale football game
    • George Hancock, usually considered the inventor of softball, shouted, "Let's play ball!”
  • What they used!

    What they used!
    • He tied the boxing glove so that it resembled a ball
    • Chalked out a diamond on the floor (smaller dimensions than those of a baseball field in order to fit the gym)
    • Broke off a broom handle to serve as a bat
  • Moved Outdoors

    Moved Outdoors
    In the spring, Hancock's game moved outdoors. It was played on a small diamond
  • Extra extra about softball

    Extra extra about softball
    First winter league formed, using the same large and soft balls that were anywhere from 10 to 20 inches in diameter