Chicago celebrates 16-inch softball

July 19, 2009 (CHICAGO) 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.

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