Hoods quiz: June 15

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So tell me, Who invented the 16-inch softball?

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It was either George Hancock or Lewis Rober

george hancock i believe invented the 16-inch variant of softball.

Softball was invented in Chicago in November 1887. The exact dimensions of the first ball, crafted from boxing-glove laces by creator George Hancock, is unknown but beleived to be 16".

George Hancock invented softball as an activity to take the place of regular baseball in 1887, in Chicago, rules were published in 1889.

George Hancock invented the 16 inch softball in 1887.

george Hancock

I believe George Hancock

George Hancock

Frederick DeBeer

Frederick DeBeer. I should have added invented the actual 16 inch ball itself. Handcock only made a boxing glove into the so called ball used in the initial playing of the game. I took your question literally in defining the question as the actual "16 ball" itself.

Frederick DeBeer. I should have added invented the actual 16 inch ball itself. Handcock only made a boxing glove into the so called ball used in the initial playing of the game. I took your question literally in defining the question as the actual "16 ball" itself.

Frederick DeBeer. I should have added invented the actual 16 inch ball itself. Handcock only made a boxing glove into the so called ball used in the initial playing of the game. I took your question literally in defining the question as the actual "16 ball" itself.

George Hancock

I belive the 16 inch softball was discovered by Clincher.

Clincher invented the 16 inch softball.

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