Softball And Baseball Are The Same Thing, Right?

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Liz Johnson 5/1/15 Big History 5th-6th Softball, The Story of It All. Softball and baseball are the same thing, right? Wrong. Softball is the same as baseball, but it has a softer ball, right? Wrong again. So if it’s not the same as baseball and it doesn’t have a softer ball then what is it? Softball is its very own sport. Yes, it has similarities to baseball, but there are many differences. To fully understand softball you have to know its history, how it is played and how it works, what it is made of, and finally what it is all about. It was 1887 in Chicago, Illinois, the Yale vs. Harvard football game, this is where softball originated. A football game is where softball originated, not baseball. Softball has its own separate history of baseball. And that is the first discipline that I am going to cross; history. When it was announced that Yale won the game, a fan threw a boxing glove at a Harvard fan. As the glove was thrown, the Harvard fan grabbed a broom handle and swung at the glove. Right then George Hancock playfully shouted out “play ball!”. And then the very first softball game was played. Before I go into detail about the history and importance of softball I am going to explain how the game is played. There are four basic elements of softball. One: bases, Two: batting, Three: catching, and four: signs. There are four plates/ bases; first base, second base, third base, and home plate. When you are batting you try to hit the ball as far as you can when the pitcher

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