How Softball Was Born From "Inside Ball"

How Softball Was Born From "Inside Ball"

George Hancock invented the game of softball in 1887 on Thanksgiving Day in Chicago. Hancock was joined with a handful of sports fans in a gymnasium to await the results of a Yale vs Harvard sports game. When the results were announced, a Yale supporter threw a boxing glove at a Harvard supporter, and the Harvard supporter swung at the glove with a broomhandle. Hancock tied up the boxing glove to create a ball, and later laid out the ground rules for softball. Originally called "inside ball," the game served as a cure for cabin fever experienced by midwesterners in the wintertime.


Key Facts In This Video

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    George Hancock invented softball on Thanksgiving Day in 1887. (0:09)

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    The first softball was a balled-up boxing glove bound with string. (0:54)

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    The game of softball was originally called "inside ball." (1:11)

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