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Endangered Species: Chicago Mushball

August 19, 2012

Endangered Species: Chcago Mushball

What’s special about Chicago? Not deep-dish pizza, voter fraud or hot dogs; you get that stuff everywhere. It’s Chicago Mushball, also called Indoor-Outdoor and 16-Inch Softball. At 16 inches the ball is bigger than a regular softball and it’s softer, with a looser cover and a kapok core. The softer, slower impact means balls don’t fly out of city playgrounds and the game can be played indoors in winter. And soft is good because gloves aren’t used in Mushball. But catch that big ball two-handed, like a football, or you might take home jammed or broken fingers as a game souvenir.

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