The original softball used by the Farragut Boat Club was 16 inches in circumference.Though I make the best photos available on this site, I do have more that I do not post (often with shots taken immediately before or after posted shots).Although many people assume that softball was derived from baseball, the sport’s first game actually came about because of a football game.” and the first softball game commenced with the football fans using the boxing glove as a ball and a broom handle in place of a bat.Due to the initial excitement surrounding the game, the Farragut Boat Club decided to officially devise their own set of rules, and the game quickly leaked to outsiders in Chicago and, eventually, throughout the rest of the Midwestern U. As the history of softball shaped itself over the next decade, the game went under the guise of “indoor baseball,” “kitten baseball,” “diamond ball,” “mush ball,” and “pumpkin ball.” In 1926, Walter Hakanson coined the term “softball” while representing the YMCA at a National Recreation Congress meeting, and by 1930, the term stuck as the sport’s official name.The Harvard fan swung at the balled-up glove with a stick, and the rest of the group looked on with interest.
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In 1934, the Joint Rules Committee on Softball collaborated to create a set of standardized rules.
Up until this point, the game was being played with varied rules, player positions, and ball sizes.