Thursday, November 22, 2018

FASTPITCH HISTORY





Wesley Wolverine senior #8
OF Megan DiRubbio (Smyrna, DE).


How a boxing glove started it all!
Game of softball born
on 
Thanksgiving Day!


The first game of what would become the sport of softball was played 131 years ago on Thanksgiving Day, 1887.

This Thanksgiving Day "softball" game actually was a hastily configured baseball contest, which pitted Yale versus Harvard alumni inside Chicago's Farragut Boat Club.



1887: HOW IT HAPPENED…


A Yale alumnus mischievously threw a boxing glove at a Harvard buddy just after a telegram arrived announcing that Yale had bested Harvard in the annual holiday football game. The Harvard fellow grabbed a broom handle and swung at the boxing glove, while reporter George Hancock, who was part of the group, yelled out “Play ball!”


Suddenly a new game was born with Hancock even writing down the day's rules for posterity.

George Hancock and Chicago's Farragut Boat Club, 1887.

1889: OUTDOOR FIELD...


In 1889 the game moved outdoors. Minneapolis fireman Lewis Rober marked up the first field and set seven innings as the game's official length

 
First photo of a softball team, Chicago, 1897

By this time, the ball had become a small medicine ball -- 16 inches in circumference -- with a bat two inches thick! Rober changed that. His version of the contest used a ball that was more modern in appearance, now 12 inches wide.


Louis Rober's team named “The Kittens”
that kept a Minneapolis fire company crew in top fit shape.

These games, whether played with a 16" 0r 12" ball were known variously as “indoor baseball”, “cabbage ball”, “mush ball”, “kitten ball”, “pumpkin ball”, “diamond ball”, etc. They began to draw as many as 3,000 fans. 


The early game was played indoors and outdoors with a ball the size of a small medicine ball and a bat two inches thick.

1895: WOMEN ENTER THE GAME


The first women’s "softball" team (still termed "kitten ball" or 
“girls' indoor base-ball”) was formed at Chicago’s West Division High School. The young ladies were not able to play competitively until 1899 when they finally hired a coach. They eventually claimed the Cook County championship!

First women’s softball team,
West Division High School, Chicago, circa 1900.


1926: SOFTBALL GETS ITS NAME... 

An old 16 inch ball
In 1926, the Denver YMCA dubbed the sport “softball” for the first time. The name started to catch on.

1931: FIRST TRAVEL TEAM...


The first travel team formed in 1931. It was a squad entirely of men, 75 years-of-age and older, taking the field in business-suit-like uniforms (wearing ties and bowties), who called themselves Kids and Kubs



Kids and Kubs, St. Petersburg, FL, 1933

1933: ASA FORMED…

Newspaper reporter Leo Fischer and sporting goods salesman Michael Pauley brought the game to the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, where 55 teams participated before 350,000 fans who watched different contests of men's and women's slow and fastpitch.


Quaskies Kittenball Team of Quasqueton, Iowa, 1934. 
 
The ASA – Amateur Softball Association – was founded that fall (1933) by Fischer and Pauley. Softball had arrived!



SOFTBALL 2018: Unlike many high school and college sports, softball and its counterpart, baseball, today have become part of everyday youth and adult life, whether from a seat in the stands or actual participation.

Today ASA registers some 245,000 teams and over 3.5 million youth and adult players.

There are just over 1,600 college softball programs across the country. These number 286 DI programs, 264 DII, 392 DIII, 205 intercollegiate and 470 community college softball teams.

Women’s College World Series fans have been growing at a 33% clip. The games have averaged a total live audience (TV + streaming) of 1.583 million viewers.

Of course, fastpitch softball has been reinstated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games.

National Pro Fastpitch! (NPF) is emerging as a national sport, billing itself as...

“Seventy-mile per hour pitches, 240-foot home runs, soft hands and lightning-quick reactions all wound into seven feverish innings of gritty, gutsy, fast-paced action. Welcome to hard-hittin', fast-pitchin', affordable family fun!”





Wednesday, November 21, 2018

THANKSGIVING MESSAGES

Wesley Wolverine sophomore #1 IF Bianca Newsom (Edison, NJ).
Above, Wesley Wolverine freshman #21 C Gabby Monzo (Somers Point, NJ).

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

PUSH YOURSELF

Wesley Wolverine junior #23 IF Brooke Retkowski (Parkville, MD).

HARD WORK = GOOD LUCK

Wesley Wolverine freshman #21 C Gabby Monzo (Somers Point, NJ).

Monday, November 19, 2018

CAMP PHOTOS





From top, Wesley Wolverines
sophomore #1 IF Bianca Newsom (Edison, NJ),
junior #23 IF Brooke Retkowski (Parkville, MD),
junior #2 IF Karina Cardona (Cooper City, FL).

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018

ONLY YOU

Wesley Wolverine senior #8 OF Megan DiRubbio (Smyrna, DE).

LIFTING 11-15

Thursday, November 15

From top, left-to-right, Wesley Wolverines
freshman #15 IF Katie Dunlap (Dover, DE),
senior #13 IF Ashley Royer (Lititz, PA),
sophomore #25 P Dori Loukopoulos (Chambersburg, PA),
sophomore #5 U Amanda Curry (Williamsport, MD),
sophomore #32 OF Kelly Palmer (Hershey, PA),
junior #23 IF Brooke Retkowski (Parkville, MD),
senior #8 OF Megan DiRubbio (Smyrna, DE),
sophomore #1 IF Bianca Newsom (Edison, NJ).

Thursday, November 15, 2018

YOUR COMPETITION

Wesley Wolverine sophomore #32 OF Kelly Palmer (Hershey, PA).

BETTER TODAY

Wesley Wolverine sophomore #1 IF Bianca Newsom (Edison, NJ).

DESTINED TO BE

Wesley Wolverine senior #13
IF Ashley Royer (Lititz, PA).

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

LIFTING 11-13

Tuesday, November 13

From top, Wesley Wolverines freshman #11 P Jessica Anderson (Smyrna, DE), junior #2 IF Karina Cardona (Cooper City, FL), sophomore #1 IF Bianca Newsom (Edison, NJ).

THINK POSITIVE

From left, Wesley Wolverines
sophomore #25 P Dori Loukopoulos (Chambersburg, PA),
junior #23 IF Brooke Retkowski (Parkville, MD).

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

WORK AT IT

Wesley Wolverine sophomore #5 U  Amanda Curry (Williamsport, MD).