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.
7. GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK, Madison
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.