Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Toledo News-Bee, November 11, 1915:
One day several years ago Lewis Rober, a retired fireman of Minneapolis, Minn., made a soft ball for a few firemen to play with.
Out of that simple act there has grown an outdoor game so popular it has spread to other cities and an industry with such bright prospects a big sporting goods concern has taken to making the same kind of ball.
The firemen invented a game like indoor baseball…Officials of city playgrounds heard of the ball, tested it, ordered a lot of them and started the game in city parks.
The game they played with Rober’s soft ball eventually became known as - get this - “softball”. There’s some disagreement about the actual inventor of softball, but Rober’s ball eventually became the standard softball we use today.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Say it ain’t so, Snohomish:
A team from Central Iowa will get a second chance to advance past pool play at the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon, after officials determined Monday that a team from Snohomish, Washington, rested its stars and lost on purpose to avoid a rematch in the semifinals.
Central Iowa, which finished 3-1 in pool play, could have advanced to the semifinals if the Washington team either scored just three runs vs. the U.S. Southeast representative from North Carolina or won the game to finish 4-0 in pool play. However, Washington rested its top four players and, according to Central Iowa Little League president Chris Chadd, ordered their players to bunt.
The result: North Carolina no-hit the Washington team in an 8-0 victory, and the Central Iowa All-Stars finished in a three-way tie—and out of the tournament.
Monday, August 10, 2015
While I’ve brought along my own bat — a hand-me-down green Mizuno Envy, made in China and approved for play by all the sanctioned softball leagues — mostly, I’ll be using those provided by my source, who wishes, hopes and prays to stay anonymous. See, my tipster — let’s call him “Deep Out” from this point forward — has been playing in amateur slow-pitch softball leagues and tournaments throughout California and the greater American Southwest for the past quarter-century. While his longevity gives him credibility, it’s his stash that makes him the person I most need to meet with.
Bats. Illegal bats. Seriously illegal, banned-in-softball-games-throughout-the-world bats.
Posted: August 10, 2015 at 12:25 PM | 12 comment(s)
Saturday, August 08, 2015
Friday, August 07, 2015
He’ll look great in Central Park tomorrow.
The Les 4 Chevaliers is a Montreal-based quartet that bills itself as the softball/baseball equivalent of basketball’s infamous tricksters.
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The group certainly lives up to the hype in this incredible footage, showing batter Renaud Lefort pulling off a mind-boggling switch hit.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Baseball and softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu were named finalist sports to be considered to be added for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Games organizers said Monday.
The sports are expected to make presentations in Tokyo in early August. Tokyo 2020 organizers are expected to recommend which sports to add, if any at all, by Sept. 30, with the International Olympic Committee making a final decision in August 2016.
Baseball and softball, part of the Olympics from 1996 through 2008, are a joint bid and thought to be the favorite to be added for Tokyo 2020, if any sports are added.
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