LADIES INDOOR BASEBALL GAME CONFERENCE PT GENEVA LAKE W


EARLY LADIES INDOOR BASEBALL GAME CONFERENCE POINT GENEVA LAKE WISCONSIN PC

An historic spot, this wonderful sepia toned card from a real photo no doubt shows a group of young women in summer turn of the century shirtdress garb playing a game of "indoor baseball" according to the inscription on the card , the lady at bat looks like she means business!

Best part of the history of this card is it is evidence of the beginning of the game of Softball. the early 1900's many a U. S. citizen played baseball on a gymnasium floor during the shut-in winter months. The game they played was like outdoor baseball except that the diamond was smaller, the pitcher pitched underhand, the ball was bigger and softer.

Around 1910—when basketball began to bounce baseball out of the gymnasium—the Playground Society of America hauled indoor baseball outdoors as a good game for kids, added a tenth player (a rover). During the Depression, the U. S. army of unemployed, invading the nation's public parks, played playground ball (or kitten-ball, mushball, diamond ball—depending on the locality). As they dribbled back to work, they took their new pastime with them. Commercially sponsored teams popped up everywhere. Playground ball, renamed softball , became the No. 1 after-work diversion (as player or spectator) for U. S. office
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