Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Illinois' 200th, 20 Sporting Events-- Part 4: 16-Inch Softball and Car Racing

Illinois is celebrating its bicentennial of statehood this year.

6.  SIXTEEN-INCH SOFTBALL--  Park District of Forest Park, Forest Park.

Softball began in Chicago in the 19th century at the now defunct Farragut Boat Club.  Much of the world now plays 12-inch softball, local leagues keep the 16-inch tradition alive.  It is played without a glove.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the No Glove Nationals tournament (July 26-29) in Forest Park which is also the home of the 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame.


Near St. Louis. Originally Gateway International Raceway and started as a quarter-mile long drag strip.  Since expanded to a 1.25 oval track for Indy Car and NASCAR racing.

More than 60,000 fans line it for those races.


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