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Children's LiteratureThis title presents the rules and strategies for playing softball in straightforward text, illustrated with photographs that clearly show the subject being discussed. The history of the game is introduced with the story of George Hancock, who in 1887 decided that "indoor baseball" would be a fun event. Eventually his idea became the game we know today as softball, both fast-pitch and slow pitch varieties. The author divides the information into logical sections and presents the development of the game through modern times. At this time softball is an Olympic sport, but as of 2012 it will not be included in the games. The book has a timeline of important milestones, instructions on basic skills, a glossary that includes softball terms, a strong index, and a bibliography, as well as web sites for those interested in softball—the most popular sport played in the entire United States. Readers will find ample information in an accessible format that shows the fun and facts about softball. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 7 to 10.