Celebrating a Chicago Tradition: Chicago 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame Museum

Located on the site where the Forest Park No-Gloves Nationals (one of softball’s premier tournaments) are played, the Chicago 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame and Museum pays tribute to the over 100 year history of the sport and the people who have made it great.  16 inch softball was invented in Chicago in 1887 and has been played here ever since.  Using no gloves and a larger ball, the sport took off because it required little money or space to play.  16 Inch Softball continues to enjoy popularity do to its diversity.  The teams and leagues range from coed to single sex and any age range so it’s a sport that is accessible to everyone.  

Notable locals who have been associated with the sport include Steve Dahl (radio host), Mike Royko (newspaper columnist) and Elena Kagen (United States Supreme Court Justice).  Elena Kagen played while with the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School.  

Chicago 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame and Museum is open Saturdays, noon to 4pm.

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