White leather softball with TOBER ROCKVILLE CONN OFFICIAL SOFTBALL KAPOX CORE stamped by the manufacturer in black ink. Also an eagle motif on the ball. Grain Leather 16 inch electric welt 950 (manufacturers's mark)
This sixteen-inch leather softball was reportedly used in a 1972 game by the American Rivet Company's softball team.
Softball was born in Chicago in 1897 inside the Farragut Boat Club Gymnasium when a group of Yale and Harvard alumni had gathered to await the results of a Yale-Harvard football game. When news came that Yale had won, a Yale supporter threw an old boxing glove at a Harvard alumni, who tried to hit it back with a stick, prompting George Hancock, who worked for the Chicago Board of Trade, to initiate an indoor game of baseball. That spring, Hancock took his game outdoors with a revised set of baseball rules. The game, originally known as "indoor-outdoor" gradually caught on across the country. Around 1926, the term "softball" came into use and the game became especially popular during the 1930s as an economical form of entertainment. Primarily played in Chicago, sixteen-inch softball, or "slow-pitch" remains popular in the city and suburbs.