I grew up on the same block as Dom Deluise. In one of his comedy routines, he talked about the pushcart and donkey right near his house. I’d get a kick out of his story because I would pass that donkey almost everyday. Well after he moved to California, I remember seeing his mom always sweeping the front yard. She was also very religious and would often sit near my mom in the church Regina Pacis which was right across the street. Whenever Dom Deluise came back to visit people would always see him buying vegetables on 11th avenue. Also I went to HS with his niece, Jean Dorio. I remember going to a party at her house on 75th Street.
The only other ball game we played not listed here was called something that might have been spelled “sluuuugie”, which was played with 2 teams. Each team would throw the ball to only their teammates, while the other team tried to steal it. Stealing the ball often was physical rough housing allowed. One last game also unmentioned, but played with out a ball was johnny on a pony, usually we played against a johnny pump (fire plug), but sometimes against a telephone pole. Charlie from Ozone Park 1965-1978
i know: apple on a stick makes me feel sick makes my heart beat 2,4,6. not because your dirty not because your clean not because you kissed a boy behind a magasine. boys,boys there no fun hear come the girls with the blue jeens on they can wobble they can juggle they can do the splits. but i betcha i betcha they cant do this. now close your eyes and count to ten if you mess up then start again. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 we diddent mess up wont start again. if you mess up: we messed up we’ll start sgain
NorthEast Philly and Feltonville in the late 40s and 50s. Step(stoop) ball, curb ball, wall ball, wire ball were all the best games. Many of the row houses had alleys between them, so you got points by the times you hit both walls. Only had smooth Pennsie Pink and white-pimple balls, and each had it purpose. Loved the smell of the new ball. Charlie, Mike, Leroy, Bobby all great street ballers. Richie was a big kid that usually won, and beat you up if he didn’t. Nancy was as tough as Richie and she beat us up too, but nobody cared. LOL
I use to play Johnny on the pony on Arnow avenue in the Bronx in the Early Seventees along with Ring o Levio in the courtyard between the 2 buildings. In Johnny, One team would have a guy standing with his back against the wall Called the Pillow while his team members all crouched down in the opposite direction one after the other with the first guys head in the pillows stomach. The object of the game was for the other team one by one would leap on to the backs of the crouched team and scooch up towards the pillow. They would win if they could get the crouched team to buckle and fall. If the crouched team held them then the teams would switch and the other team had the chance to leap and break the pony. I had a great innner city child hood. Things were so much simpler then.