Show your softball pride with us by using the hashtag #worldsoftballday and tagging @FastpitchTV.
Help spread the word! World Softball Day is dedicated to promoting slowpitch and fastpitch softball worldwide through education and social engagement.
Women’s Fastpitch Softball has become a rapidly growing sport around the world, and in 2020 softball will be back in the Olympics.
Don’t forget to share the love of the game with friends and family!
The History of Softball
The game of softball was invented in 1887 by George Hancock. A reporter at that time for the Chicago Board of Trade, George attended a gathering among Harvard and Yale alumni at the Farragut Boat Club in Chicago to hear the results of the annual Harvard-Yale football game. Seeing a man from Yale throwing a boxing glove which was then hit by a Harvard fan with a broom handle, George conceived the concept of this new game. He took the boxing glove and tied it up to form a large, soft, improvised ball. He also chalked a small diamond inside the boat club’s gymnasium floor and the game was carried out. That was the first ever softball game played with a final score of 41-40. George Hancock later created a large, soft ball and a rubber-tipped bat. He then cooked up the rules and named the sport as indoor softball. And the rest is history.