Eli5: What do women play baseball with a larger ball and basketball with a smaller ball?
I can speak on why women play softball– but not on why the don’t also play baseball
Softball is a simialir but different enough sport to baseball, it was traditionally played by both men and women, needed much less space than a baseball filed, and was quite accessible. However, men kinda ruined it. Turns out, your top athletic men (arguably the same who would play baseball later) were simply too good, and it became a nonsense sport… so young men simply stopped playing softball and played baseball, while women continued to play softball, absent of men.
Men still do play, and mixed teams, for adult leagues, where we don’t have these monster athletes (or less of them) that twist the game because they are so good. Adult softball is also often slow pitch as well, to provide a more even playing field
The smaller ball in basketball is because their hands are smaller, and they don’t play baseball with a bigger ball, they play softball. It is two different sports; men play softball also, and the balls are the same size as women’s.