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As described in Bealle, Softball evolved from Indoor Baseball, which was first played in 1887. Softball rules are close to Baseball rules, but the infield dimensions were set to be smaller and the ball is pitched with an underhand motion. A full team has ten players. Many forms are played, depending on the age and agility of the players. The term Softball debuted in 1926.
Paul Dickson, The Worth Book of Softball (Facts on File, 1994).
Morris A Bealle, The Softball Story (Washington: Columbian Publishing Group, 1956).
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