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Discussion: What was it like when slowpitch was born?

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Dec. 18, 2010
ShaneV
Men's 55
380 posts
What was it like when slowpitch was born?
My first game was for fun at college. I was barely an average baseball player and I was one of the better players in that game. No umpires. In my home town in 1978 there were many men's and some coed teams and some were loaded. When did slowpitch start and what was it like in the beginning, anybody an expert on the history?

ShaneV
Dec. 18, 2010
DRob
34 posts
One little bit of history. My first slowpitch bat, which I still have, is a "Tennessee Thumper". It weighed 38 ounces and I think you could drive nails without damaging it. A friend of mine cut the end off, put in a 2 lb piece of steel, put a pin through the steel and the bat walls, and welded the cap back on. I've used it for a warm-up bat for around 40 years and the weight has never come loose. I'm thinking the walls must be at least 1/4" thick. When I switched from fastpitch to slowpitch, I think I went something like 0 for 15.....games!
Dec. 18, 2010
Tater50
333 posts
Did a search: do not know if posting this site is against the rules or not, but will try; SB started on Thanksgiving Day in 1887.

Check out the site: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/When_did_softball_first_start

Tater50
John (Member of SSUSA/SPA for 10 years)
Dec. 18, 2010
ShaneV
Men's 55
380 posts
Interesting! I tried "When did Slowpitch Softball Start". One of the choices was "What is Slowpitch Softball?" Answer: it is for girls under the age of 9 and below ans they pich really slow to the hitter.

Haaa!

ShaneV
Dec. 19, 2010
curty
Men's 60
99 posts
about 6-8 years ago Worth published a hard cover book about the history of softball that was an excellent reference. I don't remember the actual name or author, but if you contact someone at worth they may be able to help. It included stories of presidents and hollywood stars playing with a passion for the game that should be called "Americas Game" as I believe it is the most participant sport of the country.
Dec. 19, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1931 posts
I first played in 1969 and got serious in the 70's. We had a nationally ranked team in Albuquerque and our goal was--gulp- double figures every game-and we were successful. A .500 average was acceptable, .600 was great and .700 was rare. The game has changed a lot since then.
Dec. 19, 2010
Norq44
57 posts
Some early slow pitch softball history can be seen at the USSSA Hall of Fame at Ocseola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida. They have a whole wall of history there. Also a lot of memorabilia. This is the stadium that the Houston Astros use for their spring training facility, and it is also used for the USSSA spring major and A level opening tournaments,and the conference tournament in early September. What's fun about these tournaments is you get to see the best softball players in the world compete.
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