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16-inch Softball Hall of Fame celebrates 25th Anniversary on WGN

by: Lauren Magiera Posted: Jul 18, 2021 / 10:03 PM CDT / Updated: Jul 18, 2021 / 10:53 PM CDT FOREST PARK, Ill. – Sixteen-inch softball is part of Chicago’s DNA. “The greatest game on dirt. The greatest game in Chicago,” remarked Hall of Fame president Ron Kubicki. “The game started here back in 1887. …

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‘The Greatest Game on Dirt’ highlights the game of softball that started in Chicago on WGN Radio 720

Al Maag, co-founder of the 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame, joins Bob Sirott to talk about his new book ‘The Greatest Game on Dirt,’ the first book on the history of 16-inch softball. “The Greatest Game on Dirt” highlights the game of softball which started in Chicago in 1887 and features stories and photos from throughout …

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Chicago Park District 16-inch coed softball tournament to return after 10- year hiatus. The game ‘is part of the DNA’ of the city.

By ZACH HARRIS CHICAGO TRIBUNE | JUL 14, 2021 The Chicago Park District this summer will resume its annual coed adult 16-inchsoftball tournament after a 10-year hiatus. “(Sixteen-inch), in my opinion, is part of the DNA of Chicago,” said Al Maag, co-founder of the 16-inch softball Hall of Fame who advised the Park District on …

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The 10 Guys You’ll Find On Every 16-Inch Softball Team In Chicago (And Why We Love Them)

The 16-inch National Championships are this weekend in the Chicago area. Everyone around town is very excited. To celebrate this momentous occasion, I’ve compiled a list of the 10 most regular personalities you will encounter in the 16-inch softball scene. Maybe not at the highest level where everyone is super serious, but if you’ve played …

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Softball History Paper

Thanksgiving Day (November 24) 1887 probably seemed like an ordinary holiday for many Chicagoans. At the time, the city’s population and economy both endured the process of rapid expansion. Railroads and shipping highlighted the significance of the Windy City’s status as the United States’ primary metropolis west of the Appalachians. New technology, such as electrification, …

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