Re: 16 INCH SOFTBALL
Date: April 18, 2015 08:54AM
I have many good memories playing 16 inch softball, played at Revere Park, California Park (the fields are gone, covered by the McFetridge center), Horner Park, Portage Park, Mather, Kells and others that I can't recall these many years later.
I also worked at the Victor-Comptometer plant a few summers and played in the intraplant league they had; good memories, good friends, good times.
But, as I got older with a wife, kids, and responsibilites, softball got pushed into the background along with playground basketball.
I moved to Florida in '84 and played what they call softball here, the 12 inch version where you use (shudder) gloves in the field, but it just wasn't the same. There seems to be something about a warm Chicago evening, playing 16 inch softball, having a few beers after the game with the team, and doing it all over again a few days later, to be repeated until fall and the leagues ended. Again, good times and good memories.