Olympics Sports >> Softball
- One women's tournament
8-team round-robin qualifying tournament. Top 4 teams advance to semi-finals and final.
Members of the Farragut Nautical Club in Chicago (Illinois) invent softball, initially an indoor sport.
Birth of the first softball league in Minneapolis (Minnesota), the town in which the local firemen practised softball in between call-outs.
Having been known under various synonyms (mushball, kittenball and pumpkinball), 'softball' is officially recognised as the name for the sport.
First women's world championships (fast pitch) are held in Melbourne. Australia take the title.
Softball makes its Olympic debut at the Games in Atlanta, as a women-only event. The United States storm to victory.
- Joan Joyce (United States)
During a 21-year career with the Orange Lionettes and then the Raybestos Brackettes, she racked up a host of records in the 1960's and 70's. A pitcher second to none, she was also an excellent hitter. 12 national titles, 1 world championship (1974) and 8 MVP awards (most valuable player in US championship).
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