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Inside Baseball: 1906

Inside Baseball: 1906

        "Indoor baseball, both from a spectacular point of view and from the benefit and pleasure it gives participants, is in every way worthy to take a high place among the Winter sports."

-- New York Times, Nov. 26, 1900

"World's Champions, 1905-1906, Owosso, Mich., West-Side Indoor Base Ball Team." Indoor Baseball, said to have been invented in Chicago in 1887, eventually moved outside, where it was renamed softball. The 1919 Encyclopedia Americana entry for Indoor Baseball specifies a hall at least 40 by 50 feet in size for play. Two outfielders could be "dispensed", leaving seven men on a team. The ball could be as big as 17¼ inches around. (Baseball-Reference.com) View full size.

 

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Ernest Hemingway briefly mentioned indoor baseball in his 1925 short story "Soldier's Home" where the sister of the main character plays the sport in Oklahoma.

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