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Baseball-like game played with larger ball on a smaller field

  • Softball was invented in Chicago in 1888 at the Thanksgiving Day celebrations after the Harvard/Yale football game.
  • The original "softball" was a rolled up boxing glove.
  • The original bat was a broom handle.
  • It was initially an indoor game.
  • The game got its name in 1926.
  • George Hancock is credited as the game's inventor for his development of ball and an undersized bat.
  • The 1933 tournament Chicago World's Fair has brought the game to limelight.
  • The Amateur Softball Association of America governs the game in the United States.
  • International Softball Federation regulates rules of play in more than 110 countries.
  • The first British women's softball league was established in 1952.
  • Softball has been played in every summer Olympics since 1996.
  • The United States Softball team won the gold medal at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic games.
  • Over 5.9 million girls from ages 6 to 17 play softball.
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