"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 17ΒΌ inches around. ( | Click image for Comments. | Home | Browse All Photos