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Old 07-15-2012, 05:39 AM
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How many of you played STICK BALL and where you play?
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We had local vacant fields and used regular bats and balls as I lived in the sticks. I understand stickball as more of a city game? Like a base would be a manhole cover or wall or something..
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Though you could play in a park/field, we always played stickball in the street growing up in NYC.
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I grew up next to an elementary school( I still do, bought the house next to my parents)) and had a ball field and played regular baseball pick-up games or "Automatic". But at night there's a lighted grassy court were the flag pole is and makes a perfect Wiffle ball field complete with a Green Monster(In this case a Brick Monster)!
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JC,NJ! Manhole to manhole; car doors as 1 st and 3rd. We played so many games with a "Spalding High Bouncer" (25 cents). Went into the candy store and squeezed everyone to get the firmest. Was always asked to leave. If that ball went down a sewer, we went after it! 25 cents was a BIG deal to us in the fifties. Used to play boxball, stoop ball, stickball, wallball (strike zone drawn in chalk on the wall of the big commercial brick bldg). Many great times!

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heck yeah we played, a cut off mop handle and the ball was a baseball cover that we restitched with tissue stuffed inside (to limit the distance and soften it up because if you got "pegged" you were out). We played on the local municipal golf course after hours. bases were t-shirts and a home run was over the cart path.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:26 PM
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Stickball on Beacon ave in JC, NJ. Car doors or bumpers marked a base, home run was over the fence of the local VW dealership (closed now). We used Spaldings or Pinky's (foam rubber), whatever the store had in stock. If it went down the sewer we got a wire coat hanger and fished it out, up on a roof, climb up the fire escape and get it back. Hit a grand slam once by getting it down the old RR shaft, lost the ball but won the game!!! Thanks for bringing up memories.
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I was raised in the country so most of the time there were only enough for 2 or 3 on each team. We called it "Cup Ball", take a piece of aluminum foil and wrap it in a paper cup. Your hand was the bat and you could have invisible men on base and if you were base running and got hit with the ball you were "Out". Miss the good ole days.
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JC,NJ! Manhole to manhole; car doors as 1 st and 3rd. We played so many games with a "Spalding High Bouncer" (25 cents). Went into the candy store and squeezed everyone to get the firmest. Was always asked to leave. If that ball went down a sewer, we went after it! 25 cents was a BIG deal to us in the fifties. Used to play boxball, stoop ball, stickball, wallball (strike zone drawn in chalk on the wall of the big commercial brick bldg). Many great times!
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Though you could play in a park/field, we always played stickball in the street growing up in NYC.
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Stickball on Beacon ave in JC, NJ. Car doors or bumpers marked a base, home run was over the fence of the local VW dealership (closed now). We used Spaldings or Pinky's (foam rubber), whatever the store had in stock. If it went down the sewer we got a wire coat hanger and fished it out, up on a roof, climb up the fire escape and get it back. Hit a grand slam once by getting it down the old RR shaft, lost the ball but won the game!!! Thanks for bringing up memories.
Thanks for the memories. Boy was my mom pissed when she could only find the mop without the wooden handle. Growing up in Manhattan was great. Our street was a school play street, so it was closed weekdays. Do they even make a good Spalding pink ball anymore?
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Regular baseball for me growing up....no stick ball. Large residential lots and plenty of baseball fields to play on. Always just the neighborhood kids but there were plenty around to make up 2 teams, but never 6-9 man teams. Never had a catcher on either team.

We also often played a baseball game called 3 bucks..............a hitter pitching (throwing the ball up in the air) and then hitting to an outfield of players. Grounder was worth a quarter, one bounce a half dollar and on the fly a buck. Accumulate 3 bucks and you are the next batter.
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Have no idea what “stick-ball” is but, here is what we played. If we couldn’t play baseball or softball because of lack of players or equipment, we played smaller variations of those games. Usually three man teams and the play was “cut off” by either the ball being returned to the pitcher or the ball hitting the ground. You had a pitcher, outfielder and catcher (or back wall). Runs were scored by running “around” some sort of course or running up and back several times like cricket or standing still and counting base advancement by distance of ball travel. Distance was something like; a single in front of the pitcher, double past the pitcher and triple over the outfielder. The team up to bat used “invisable men” if the batter didn’t run up and back. If you moved the game to the beach, the ball was cut in half (half-rubber) and it was stationary batter and distance hit with invisable men. Half-rubber was far and away the most dynamic version of street or beach or stick ball that we played.
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We played in South Tampa by MacDill AFB
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Heck, in my neighborhood we were all so poor we had to make our own "toys" and invent games. No $1500 gaming stations in our lives. And we were much better off for it. We played a game we called piggy or peggity. We took a 4 inch piece of broom handle and sharpened one end. Placed on the ground and struck on the point with the rest of the broom handle bat it would pop up in the air, spinning. You then hit it with the "bat". Great for eye hand coordination. Of course, none of us knew we were poor because we were all the same.
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Stickball, its a Philly - New York thing. We used an old broom handle and a rubber ball. Now if you lived in the burbs you played Wiffle Ball

We also played a lot of Chink. I guessing about 2% of you will know what that is, but Chink was HUGE on every school yard around us.
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How to make a football living in the city and being poor:

Take a newspaper rool it up and wrap tape around it until it looks like a blimp, that's a football when you got nothing else.
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Here's a bat I had down in the basement I put together last year for the kids to play at a family get together and no it wasn't a yankee thang we played in the South as well........
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Heck, in my neighborhood we were all so poor we had to make our own "toys" and invent games. No $1500 gaming stations in our lives. And we were much better off for it. We played a game we called piggy or peggity. We took a 4 inch piece of broom handle and sharpened one end. Placed on the ground and struck on the point with the rest of the broom handle bat it would pop up in the air, spinning. You then hit it with the "bat". Great for eye hand coordination. Of course, none of us knew we were poor because we were all the same.
But you know we were having a lot of fun as well. I use to love walking down to the landfill and rummaging through all that people throwed away too...
The old landfills that they covered turned into our football fields, sometimes you got cut up but we always had tape and kept on playin. Good ol Port Tampa........
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Stickball, its a Philly - New York thing. We used an old broom handle and a rubber ball. Now if you lived in the burbs you played Wiffle Ball

We also played a lot of Chink. I guessing about 2% of you will know what that is, but Chink was HUGE on every school yard around us.
We played chink at the local playground in Philly B&Olneyalong with stick ball.
Also played halfies, cut the ball in half. Pink balls flipped inside out were german helmets and were double.
We used pimple balls for stick ball and wire ball.
Played alot of wiffle ball as well against factory walls Each story was something else Ie 3rd story was a triple.
Great memories thank. And when we weren't playing anything above we were playing pinochle.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:18 PM
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We had that huge bamboo growing in our back yard, it was about 2" diameter. We would use a 3 foot stick of that and masking tape rolled up tight in the shape of a ball.

It got so popular at my house, we would have 20 plus people over every Sunday to play. I was one of the pitchers and I would be sore as hell Monday morning when I went to school. This thread brings some really good memories.
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Here's a baseball memory I'll never forget:
Back in the 60's a Japanese cargo ship came to our harbor. The locals made it a big deal since it was the 1st time a Japanese flagged ship visited here after WWII. Us kids would hang out on the docks and one day saw the crew playing baseball in the parking lot. One spoke broken english and we told him there was a field up the hill. All us neighborhood kids had a pick-up game against them all afternoon then they invited us aboard for dinner! About two months later there was a knock at the door. My mother answered and when she opened the door there they were, about 10 Japanese sailors with bats and gloves looking for another game! I gathered up all my buddies and again we played but this time our parents scrambled and created a cook out at the field for every one. Those were the days!
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