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Defensive players are not allowed to wear fielding gloves.

Sixteen-inch softball is played extensively in Chicago, and New Orleans.

Two major differences are that the ball must be pitched underhand—from 46 ft (14 m) for men or 43 ft (13.1 m) Despite the name, the ball used in softball is not soft.

It is about 12 in (about 30 cm) in circumference (11 or 12 in for slow-pitch), which is 3 in (8 cm) larger than a baseball.

circumference) on a field that has base lengths of 60 feet, a pitcher's mound that ranges from 35–43 feet away from home plate, and a homerun fence that is 220 feet away from home plate.

Softball mounds are also flat, while baseball mounds are a small hill.

" and the game began, with the boxing glove tightened into a ball, a broom handle serving as a bat. George Hancock is credited as the game's inventor for his development of a 17" ball and an undersized bat in the next week.

The Farragut Club soon set rules for the game, which spread quickly to outsiders.

The name softball was given to the game in 1926, because the ball used to be soft, however in modern day usage, the balls are hard.

A tournament held in 1933 at the Chicago World's Fair spurred interest in the game.

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