The founder of softball. Hancock was a reporter for the Chicago Board of Trade. In 1887 on a rainy Thanksgiving Day while waiting for the ticker tape results of the Harvard-Yale football game at Farragut Boat Club in Chicago, now a land fill south of Soldiers Field, a group of bored young men tied up a boxing glove and started hitting it with a broom handle. The Ivy League Alumni game ended in a high scoring tie as legend has it. After enjoying this indoor form of baseball Hancock designed and wrote rules to formalize the indoor sport. Since deceased.