16 " Chicago Style Softball


Chicago Style or 16" Softball is a "no mitt" softball event using fairly soft 16" Clincher softball. We play under the lights in the fall on the wonderful Turf Fields of Kimery. If you have played 16" before, you know just how much fun it can be. For those unfamiliar, we strongly urge you to sign up. 16" balls are easy to catch and throw, and they are also pretty easy to hit. This is a short and fun season. All teams will play a 8 to 10 game regular season, the top 8 teams will advance to a single elimination playoff. The cost is $250.00 per team.

Last year the event filled up fast. SO DON'T DELAY! - With only 16 open team slots available this league will fill.



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The game of softball started in Chicago on Thanksgiving 1887 at the Farragut Boat Club when Yale and Harvard Alumni wrapped up a boxing glove and started to hit the “ball” with a broomstick. Those men formalized the indoor game, and eventually the game was played outdoors, in Chicago, the parks and school grounds are small, so the ball had to be larger to stay in the park… Thus, the 16″ diameter became the size of choice and game of choice during the depression since only a bat and a ball were needed. No-glove softball has also been famous only in Chicago since the 1920’s