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Discussion: History of Softball

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Feb. 16, 2009
Men's 60
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History of Softball
Softball was invented in 1887 by George Hancock in Chicago as an indoor game. The first bat was a broom stick and the first ball a boxing glove. The score of the first game was 41-40. I wonder if they thought the score was too high and they might need to deaden the ball. Since that time the game has evolved and changed some for the good some not but one thing is certain the game always continued to evolve regardless of what the players said or did. We just played ball and like the weather and field conditions you don't worry about things you have little or no control over. Instead of gripping and complaining about what bats or balls should be used( I have played in 26 senior tournaments in 7 years of senior ball and I don't think I have used the same ball in any of them) we should be lobbying for minimum number of teams to have in a tournament. Nobody wants to waste their money for a 2 or 3 team tournament.
Feb. 16, 2009
149 posts
Hey Stig1 do you think George Hancock could be Chuck Hancock's great-great grandfather.
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