Sport: Indoor Baseball

In the early 1900's many a U. S. citizen played baseball on a gymnasium floor during the shut-in winter months. The game they played was like outdoor baseball except that the diamond was smaller, the pitcher pitched underhand, the ball was bigger and softer.

Around 1910—when basketball began to bounce baseball out of the gymnasium—the Playground Society of America hauled indoor baseball outdoors as a good game for kids, added a tenth player (a rover). During the Depression, the U. S. army of unemployed, invading the nation's public parks, played playground ball (or kitten-ball,...

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