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A brief history lesson on the game of softball

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Submitted photo- Ruston Parks and Recreation adult softball league is currently underway.

You might think that softball was derived from baseball, but you would be mistaken. The game of softball originated in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day in 1887. A group of about 20 college men gathered in the gymnasium of the Farragut Boat Club in order to hear the outcome of the Harvard-Yale football game. After Yale’s victory was announced and bets were paid off, one of the men picked up a stray boxing glove and threw it at someone who hit it with a pole.

George Hancock was the young man who threw the glove and is considered to be the inventor of softball.

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