Softball and Baseball

“Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!” -Babe Ruth

Softball was invented in 1887 in Chicago as an indoor game. It was at various times called indoor baseball, mush ball, playground, softball, kitten ball, because it was also played by women, ladies' baseball. The name softball was given to the game in 1926.

Baseball is thought to have originated as a game called “rounders” in England and gained popularity in the United States in the early 1900s. It has gone by many names in the past, including “town ball,” “goal ball,” round ball,” and simply “base,” just to name a few. The first recorded rules were written by Shane Ryley Foster for a team called the Knickerbockers, based in Manhattan. Modern baseball has two official leagues, the National League and the American League; but many others cropped up over the years to offer competition.

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter

Every position in baseball/softball can be placed into three categories; core positions, infield, and outfield. The pitcher and catcher make up the core positions. First base, second base, third base, and shortstop fill the infield and outfield consist of a center fielder, left fielder, and right fielder.

“No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference.” -Tommy Lasorda

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