Mine was one of the families that moved from Brooklyn to Staten Island when the Verrazano Bridge was completed in the mid 60’s. Many of the Brooklyn customs of games, pranks, etc. came along with us to Staten Island. Many of the games were altered to fit into the country-like atmosphere of the Island at that time. Ringaleavio was played in the woods, for example. Any Staten Islander’s out there? I grew up in Oakwood Heights and went to St. Charles Elementary School and Mon.Farrell High School. I live in Massachusetts now.
The Stickball Classic was scheduled for Staten Island today. Last night’s barrage of rain made the game date questionable. This morning players and game assistants looked out to pouring rain, particularly in the Brooklyn/Queens region. Although the rain had stopped by game time, many of the teams and assistants scheduled to be at the event were not there. Stickball Commissioner Curtis Sliwa decided to call the game. The make up time will be shortly announced. The players were obviously disappointed. As the weather cleared and the sun peaked out, it became clear that games could have been held, however, the call had already been made and announced. Players and fans will have to wait to determine who will represent Staten Island in the 1999 Stickball Classic. It should be noted that one of the 3 teams that showed up were the Brookfield Bomber, a team that has already secured its place in the finals by taking the Brooklyn crown in the first week of competition. Even though the day would not be “official” fun was not to be denied. Players decided to take advantage of the day and play anyway. A good crew of players was on-hand when we left midway in the first game. Please post the results of the games so we know what happened. Hope to see you guys at the next one.