I grew up playing stickball…
I grew up playing stickball in the bronx. I bought my bats at the sports store right at the 242nd street station. We played a great games with simple rules:
Fast Pitch (balls and strikes like baseball)
Strike zone drawn on a wall – from the shortest mans knees to the tallest mans numbers and as wide as the broadest man.
We played on a very narrow field. about 40 degrees between the lines. The outfield wall was about 200 feet away and about 10 feet tall.
Three outs an inning.
Any ground ball fielded by the pitcher before the mound (except weak hits) were outs.
Any fly or line drive cought was an out.
Ground ball past the pitcher was a single.
Liner or po that landed in front of the outfield was a double.
Off the wall was a triple.
Over the wall … gone!
Ghost runners would advance on every hit – they did not need to be forced. A double scored a man from second even if no one was on first.
And we developed as many rule as possible to make the game as much like baseball as possible.
A foul tip strike three was an out if it hit the zone.
With a runner on third you could tag up on a fly to the outfield, the runner scored if the outfield did not throw a strike from wherever he cought it.
A wild pitch was a pitch that hit the window on the wall with the strike zone.
These were the rule that we spent days playing by and making up. They made for a great way to spend summer afternoons.