11 interesting softball facts


1. Like most popular sports, there wasn’t special softball ball at first, the original softball was actually a rolled-up boxing glove.

George Hancock

2. Softball was invented in 1887 by George Hancock, an journalist for the Chicago Board of Trade. Compared by baseball, it’s  more suitable for all age classes .

3. At first, this sport was designed to be a form of indoor baseball played during the winter or rainy day.

16 inch softball

4. The original game of softball didn’t need to use gloves, because the ball was a 16 inch ball which was very soft.

soft ball meme

5. In the past, softball was known with different names such as indoor baseball, kitten ball, diamond ball, mush ball and even pumpkin ball. The term “softball” was coined in 1926 by Walter Hakanson.

Dot Richardson

6. U.S. Olympic team member Dot Richardson, who hit the game winning home run in the 1996 gold medal game, is an orthopedic surgeon.

7. Softball has been an Olympic sport since 1996, after the 2008 Olympics in China, it wasn’t part of the 2012 games due to a decision by the International Olympic Committee in 2006.

8. The U.S. softball team won the Olympic gold medal in Atlanta in 1996.


9. Over 5.9 million girls from 6 to 17 years of age play softball.

10. The first women’s softball fastpitch world championship was held in Melbourne, Australia, in 1965.

11. Softball is is very similar to baseball. The rules, the pitch speed, the field, and the equipment are the only differences between the two sports. In fact, many people still mistaken baseball and softball for the same game.

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