Thrown a softball question by the New York interviewer, “Why did you want to portray Spider-Man?”
A generation of ponytailed girls was flooding soccer and softball fields, basketball and volleyball courts, ready to play.
There's another aspect of the "softball" interview to consider.
baseball of larger than usual size, used in a scaled-down version of the game, 1914, from soft + ball (n.1). The game itself so called from 1926, earlier known as playground baseball. The word earlier was a term in sugar candy making (1894). Softball question, one that is easy to answer, is attested from 1976.