Ten fun facts about Softball

Fact 1
Softball was invited in Chigaco 1887 by then reporter George Hancock. The original softball game was played using a rolled-up boxing glove and a stick as a bat. 16-inch softball, a variant of softball that is very similar to the original version of the game is still very popular in the Chicago area.

Fact 2
The outdoor version of softball was created eight years after its invention but the sport got its current-day name only in the 1920’s.

Fact 3
Walter Hakanson coined the word softball in 1926 at a National Recreation Congress meeting. He was a member of the Young Men’s Christian Association

Fact 4
The first softball league outside the United States was organized in 1897 in Toronto, Canada.

Fact 5
Melbourne, Australia was the venue of the first women’s softball fastpitch world championships. They were held in 1965 and the host team hauled the trophy after winning the five-team competition.

Fact 6
In 1991, softball was officially named an Olympic sport for women. It debuted as a medal event in 1996 in Atlanta.

Fact 7
Canada was in the qualifying rounds of the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. These were the only three times that the game was played in the games but the Canadians could not take home a single medal.

Fact 8
For every single one of the softball fastpitch games held in the 1996 Olympics, all tickets were completely sold out.

Fact 9
In 2006, the International Olympic Committee eliminated softball from the Olympics, via a vote. This was right after the Beijing games.

Fact 10
The softball is actually bigger and harder than a baseball and heavier as well.

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Short about Softball
Was invented in America in 1887 and was originally played as an indoor game.