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Thursday, October 21

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Chicago's beloved 16-inch softball, the sport of the everyman, was invented by a bunch of Ivy Leaguers in the exclusive Farragut Boat Club in 1887. Adam Doster shares that historical tidbit and many more in The Classical.

This of course gives me the opportunity to re-post the wonderful mini documentary Royko at the Goat, in which the veteran journalist talks about softball at the Billy Goat Tavern in 1982.

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