I didn’t see any mention by anyone about the enthusiastic stickball games played in Boro Park and Flatbush in the late 40’s and into the 50’s. All I can remember is that I was a great pitcher with at least 4 different pitches –we played in the street or in school yards –I had a slow curve, a fast curve, a sinker and a fast ball. In fact, one of the players I always played with and against was Spencer Ross — a sports announcer in NYC. He had a great fastball –I used to play against him in my driveway — one game i particularly remember is one where he was winning 4 to 1 in the bottom of the 9th — I finally figured out how to hit him –hit single, homerun, single and homerun to win 5-4. As a general rule, during my H.S. days, no noe was able to get a hit off me — not to brag, but I was good. I wish we had league lke they do now.
Original author: Urie Gottesman [e-mail]