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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)
  Beats: dugout, history, softball

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Protest Upheld Over Fixed Game At Little League Softball World Series

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.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 18, 2015 at 01:45 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: fixed games, iowa, kids, little league, softball, washington

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Bat Doctor is In: Seriously Illegal Softball Bats and The Men Who Make Them -

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 12:25 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: equipment, softball

Saturday, August 08, 2015

The Seedy Underside of Slow Pitch Softball

Who knew that the world of slow-pitch softball was so corrupt?

Hank G. Posted: August 08, 2015 at 11:47 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Friday, August 07, 2015

Fox Sports: Video: Softballer Renaud Lefort hits incredible home run with backwards swing

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.

JE (Jason) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: canada, incredible, montreal, softball

Monday, June 22, 2015

Baseball, softball among finalist sports to be added for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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.


Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 22, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, olympics, softball



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