Chicago celebrates 16-inch softball

July 19, 2009 8:54:38 PM PDT
Sixteen-inch softball is a summer sport somewhat unique to the Chicago area, and Sunday, its history was celebrated in the western suburbs.The Chicago 16-inch Softball Hall-of-Fame Park was dedicated Sunday afternoon in Forest Park.

The sport, which uses a larger ball than regular softball and is played without the use of a glove, originated in Chicago in 1887.

Sunday's event included an exhibition game played by some of the greatest players of recent times. It also served as a kick-off to a fund-raising effort for a Hall-of-Fame museum adjacent to the park.