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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-11-2015

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.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 11, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 21 comment(s)
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