Softball, originally a men’s sport, has been altered and changed many times throughout history but is still a wildly sport played throughout the world. What do you think when someone mentions softball? Do you think it is a men or womens sport? Well actually it is a sport for both men and women. It was a long journey to make this happen.
Softball originated in Chicago, with the first official women's team being organized in 1895, about eight years after the game was created for men. The first women's team was from a YMCA administrator in Denver, Colorado, in 1926. In 1933, the game became part of formed at Chicago's West Division High School. The team did not acquire a coach until 1899 and there was very little interest in the game. This attitude quickly changed in 1904 when Spalding's Indoor Baseball Guide featured an entire section on women's softball. The name "softball’’ came from Chicago World's Fair as a tournament and drew a great amount of attention and interest. More than 350,000 people were watching the game during that World's Fair. In softball, a larger ball is used so it is easier to hit. Back in the early days of women's softball, a slow pitch was encouraged because it was believed that a fast pitch might break a woman's bones. This attitude about women's fragility and sports faded over time, as women became more adept at fast pitching. Softball was really popular in the Great Depression because it was cheap and entertaining.
It is generally accepted that softball was created in 1887 when a group of men joined together in Chicago's Farragut Baseball Club to listen to the Harvard-Yale football game.
It’s said that in celebration of the win, a Yale supporter picked up a boxing glove and threw it at a Harvard fan who met the glove with a swinging pole. That is when bystander and inventor George Hancock, a reporter for the Chicago Board of Trade, is said to have yelled, “Let's play ball!” And so they did. Hancock used the glove’s strings to knot...