Softball players and sports fans alike might enjoy browsing through our selection of softball posters. George Hancock invented and introduced the new game in 1887 in Chicago, Illinois. The sport was also originally played indoors on a smaller field. The game was not officially named softball until 1926. Softball is played as slow-pitch or fast-pitch. Slow-pitch games are more common. In fast-pitch, batters are allowed to bunt the ball and steal bases.