Stickball

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Stickball in New York

Stickball is a street game related to baseball, usually formed as a pick-up game played in large cities in the Northeastern United States, especially New York City and Philadelphia. The equipment consists of a broom handle and a rubber ball, typically a spaldeen, pensy pinky, high bouncer or tennis ball. The rules come from baseball and are modified to fit the situation. For example, a manhole cover may be used as a base, or buildings for foul lines. The game is a variation of stick and ball games dating back to at least the 1750s. This game was widely popular among youths during the 20th century until the 1980s.

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Kids playing stickball in Havana, 1999

Many Native American cultures in what is now the eastern United States played a stickball-like game that is the ancestor of modern-day lacrosse, using hickory sticks and a ball made of deer hair or hide.[1] In fungo, the batter tosses the ball into the air and hits it on the way down or after one or more bounces.[2]

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  1. ^ "Stickball (a ne jo di)" at cherokee.org; retrieved 09 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Stickball Basics". Streetplay.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.