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The well-known sport, softball, began in 1887 when Yale and Harvard alumni gathered in Chicago, Illinois at the Farragut Boat Club. The alumni were waiting for the results of the Yale versus Harvard football game on Thanksgiving. Legend has it that when Yale won, a Yale grad “playfully threw” a boxing glove at a Harvard grad and the Harvard grad swung the glove with a stick. George Hancock, a reporter for the Chicago Board of Trade, called out “Play ball!” and, so, softball began. The Farragut Boat Club created rules for the game not long after and news of the game leaked to others in Chicago, eventually becoming known throughout the Midwest. Walter Hankason coined the term softball in 1926 during a National Recreation Congress meeting.

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Athnet Get Recruited to Play College Sports. (N.d.). “History of softball”. https://www.athleticscholarships.net/history-of-softball.htm

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