does anyone remember a game where one kid stood against a wall and you stood on the crub and throw a ball at him??
Wow What a site I grew up in Strawberry Mansion in the late 40’s-early 50’s We played all these ball games, plus many card games w/ baseball cards that now would be worth a lot of money.We flipped, slid them down the slope between the houses, tosed them against the wall-who needed TV Thanks for the memories
oh yeah…at 6’4″ i dominated in muttyball like “wilt chamberlain” ‘
grew up in s.philly in the 50’s we played agame called mutty ball.nail a coffee can on a wall outside of a rowhouse 2600 s. 7th st. using a tennis ball as a baasketball and the same rules we played all day also it was mutty’s house thus muttyball
Please Email me at Submess [at] aol [dot] com with any memories of Olney in the 1960’s. Alan
I played stick ball all summer as a kid. Our field was in the middle of the street with the light pole being the home run fence. It was not far or high but if you hit the ball to high you hit the tree that covered home plate. The best thing about a pimple ball was that if you didn’t hit it exactly right you would “EGG” the ball. This was the challenge. We played halfies into a chair. You got one swing. If you didn’t swing and the halfie hit the chair you were out. Once pimple balls left the scene, tennis ball took over. we lost interest in playing because any idiot could hit a tenis ball. Halfies with tennis balls was just not the same. Unfortunatly, Sony playstation has taken over kids spare time. How long before they have Sony PSP Halfies 2007 ?
Anyone remember “awning ball” or “hand hockey”, which was similar to lacrosse without lacrosse sticks. We used metal trash cans as the goals and basically killed whoever had the ball. You had to spin the ball in your hand and dribble it every three steps while running with it.
WE USE’D TO PLAY EVERY SUMMER DOWN RHAWNHURST SCHOOL YARD-BEST DAYS-MY DAD DIDN’T THINK SO CAUSE HE LOST ALOT OF GOOD SHOVELS AND BROOMS TO STICKBALL. I GUESS WE WERE THE LAST GENERATION OF REAL STICKBALLERS-MID TO LATE 80’S IN OUR TEENS. WE PLAYED FAST PITCH AGAINST A PAINTED BOX AND WE JUDGED THE BASE HIT TYPE BY THE DISTANCE. ANYWAY…I MADE SOME COOL STICKBALL T-SHIRTS -I HAVE MY OWN SCREENPRINTING BUSINESS-IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED WRITE BACK. ENJOY THE MEMORIES
really neat memories but also there were many card games, not playing cards. knuckles: for example, I remember the loser getting his hand sandwiched between any number of cards on the top and pottom and stumped with their opponents shoe or choppers in which you received x amount of chops on your knuckles with the entire deck. game played around 7th and catharine. south philly
What an excellent site. I was just talking to a co-worker about pimple balls and decide to do a search. I came upon this site. Man, in Mayfair/Holmesburg life was great in the 70’s and 80’s. Wall ball, ass ball, step ball, wire ball, stick ball, half ball, homerun derby, man hunt, hide the belt. All classic games only played in Philly as far as I knew anyway. Oh, can’t forget wiffle ball. We had the perfect field for wiffle ball. We would play ovet at Forrest Elementry at Cottage and Bliegh St. We played between two buildings. Hitting the ball past the defense and the ball hitting the wall below the ledge was a single, above the ledge but below the window was a double, in the area where the window was, was a triple and above the window was a homer. The defense could catch it off the wall and it was an out. If they missed it and it hit the ground then it was a hit. Great game!