The History of the Game – 16 Inch Softball started in Chicago on Thanksgiving 1887 at the Farragut Boat Club when Yale and Harvard Alumni wrapped up a boxing glove and started to hit the “ball” with a broomstick. Those men formalized the indoor game, and eventually, the game was played outdoors, in Chicago, the parks and school grounds are small, so the ball had to be larger to stay in the park… Thus, the 16-inch circumference became the size of choice and game of choice during the depression since only a bat and a ball were needed. No-glove softball has also been famous only in Chicago since the 1920s.

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Bob Sirott Voice of Chicago Softball Hall of Fame Video

Bob Sirott has donated his time to be the voice of a new 3 minute video created to attract the funding needed to build the softball history museum in Forest Park.

16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame The Ceremony Forest Park July 19, 2009

History in the Making. July 19, 2009. The 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame Building was dedicated. Here is a Video of the Historic Festivities. Contact George Bliss for More Info on America’s Greatest Game. “PLAY SOFTBALL IT’S THE GREATEST GAME IN AMERICA!”

16 Inch Softball Museum Opening (short version)

Aug 13, 2014

2010 HOF Inductee Banquet

Feb 22, 2010

16 Inch Hall Of Fame 5 Min video

Aug 10, 2010

HOF Induction Year two

Chicago 16 inch Softball HOF Induction July 27th, 2010

Tour by George Bliss of the HOF museum

Due to the worldwide pandemic, This Year the 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame is hosting a Virtual Event on Zoom. DePaul is one of America’s Greatest Universities located in Downtown Chicago.

Jul 19, 2020 Inductee Plaque Day

Forest Park, Illinois. Located at the Historic 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame in Forest Park, Illinois. This is the 2019 Class of Inductees.


Chicago 16 inch Softball HOF Inductee day 2018

Inductee Park July 19 2009

Aug 13, 2009

Fox 32 Chicago George Bliss 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame

Oct 6, 2020 – Our Thanks to Joanie Lum of Channel 32 Chicago on this Great Softball Report .. Camera Guy too!! Vic Mellor! Fabulous

16-Inch Softball Sizzle Reel

Aug 25, 2021 Get in the Game!


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