How, in one short century, has this ersatz sport so strangled the consciousness of the country in the grip of its flabby tentacles that the mention of women's baseball gets no reaction other than blank amazement?
Darlene Mehrer, As quoted in Women in Baseball. Ch. 6, by Gai Ingham Berlage (1994).
Said in 1987, on the centennial of the invention of softball in Chicago. (The name "softball" was established only in 1933, however, with the founding of the Amateur Softball Association.) Mehrer regretted its diversion of women from baseball and its undermining of any chance they might have had to compete successfully in that game.