We used to play stickball all the time at ps85 schoolyard on Webster Ave. and 187 st.in the Bronx Most of the time we did’nt use any gloves but we made some pretty spectactular catches with our bare hands.There was one occasion I will never forget,this one day we were playing in the street at 182 st.We were getting a game together and we kept asking this guy (Ithink his name was Red) if he wanted to play. He said no thanks because he usually would end up breaking the ball. Well we all thought he was bragging and we finnally got him to play.When it was his turn to bat,he tossed the ball in the air and swung at the ball so hard and you guessed it he broke the ball in half. My mouth dropped in awe,Ihave never seen anything like that happen before or sinse.
Original author: Frank Roberts [e-mail]