A Brief History of Gloves

A Brief History of Gloves

What Made Softball the Sport That It Is Today It was during the year of 1887 during Thanksgiving Day where the first ever softball game was being played. It came into existence after paying of bets was made after the football game between Harvard and Yale. The softball game rose to existence when a Yale person decided out of the blue to throw a boxing glove at some Harvard graduates, and then one of the grads used a broom to hit the glove being thrown at them. Softball game started as a game being played indoors. By using a boxing glove and forming it into a softball, one of Yale and Harvard’s alumni, George Hancock, then decided to draw on the floor of the boat club a diamond using a chalk. Because the softball that was formed using the glove was soft, the players did not yet wear any gloves. Therefore, the game of softball ended off with a score of 40-41.
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Subsequently, Hancock decided to make some rules for the game and wrote them down, and create a rubber-tipped bat and a softball. He then used a permanent market to put some foul lines on the boat club’s floor.
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What started off as an indoor sport now became an outdoor sport. During winter in Chicago, the game of softball turned out to be one kind of favorite sport. This new sport has enticed a lot of baseball players to still be practicing the game during the season of winter. After the winter season, the game of softball was then being played outdoors in the fields that have much smaller diamonds for the game. The development and evolution, however, of the game of softball were made possible by Lewis Rober, a fire marshall. So that his Minneapolis firemen do not get bored while waiting for any fire call, he made sure to let them play the game. Lewis Rober decided to mark a softball field on the adjacent lot of their fire station so that he can let his firemen play the game. Rober soon realized that compared with baseball, there is more action and offense in the game of softball because of its larger and softer balls being played in smaller fields. He made it his rule to finish the game with only seven innings so that it can just be finished off within an hour. The games were then being played by various fire house teams and garnered to as much as 3,000 spectators. This also blossomed into softball games being played in playgrounds and parks all over the city. In the year of 1913, it then became an official sport as declared by the Minneapolis Park Board. Soon after that, the game of softball is now an international sport. From Milwaukee to Chicago to Canada to the Midwest, surely its popularity spread. But, in different places, the rules and regulations of the game are slightly different. For example, it was called a lot of names in various places. Finally, in the year of 1926, the name softball became official for this specific kind of sport.

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