PHOTO – CHICAGO – GROUP OF FRIENDS POSED BEFORE OR AFTER SOFTBALL GAME – NOTE THE TWO SOFTBALLS HELD BY THE MAN WITH THE BATS – THEY APPEAR TO BE THE 16-INCH “CHICAGO SOFTBALLS” WE PLAYED WITH AS KIDS AND WHICH REQUIRED NO MITTS OR SPECIAL EQUIPMENT – 1913   1 comment

PHOTO - CHICAGO - GROUP OF FRIENDS POSED BEFORE OR AFTER SOFTBALL GAME - NOTE THE TWO SOFTBALLS HELD BY THE MAN WITH THE BATS - 1913

Posted August 27, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

One response to “PHOTO – CHICAGO – GROUP OF FRIENDS POSED BEFORE OR AFTER SOFTBALL GAME – NOTE THE TWO SOFTBALLS HELD BY THE MAN WITH THE BATS – THEY APPEAR TO BE THE 16-INCH “CHICAGO SOFTBALLS” WE PLAYED WITH AS KIDS AND WHICH REQUIRED NO MITTS OR SPECIAL EQUIPMENT – 1913

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  1. A 16″ softball was best used for playing in the street, where the bases were markings on the street and curbs. It was much less likely to cause damage to cars and houses because it could not be hit as far as a 12″ softball. That size was also used by kids in Maryland and it was sold in California when i moved here in the 1970’s.

    Thanks, Glenn. They were used in our grade school in the schoolyard, and we used them in the parks. They were so perfect for urban kids. No equipment of any kind required, and you almost never had to run long distances to fetch a ball. As a kid, I never realized that they were not familiar to everyone. In other cities, as in Toronto, I learned people had never seen them.

    Jon Chuckman

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