Hi Everyone, My company Darkside Entertainment has just released a new marbles game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. You can see it here http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=323694495&mt=8 We feel marbles is not only a brilliant game that is truly worth preserving but one that lends itself perfectly to the iPhone; being easy to learn, quick to play, and immensely addicting. Our game is called Play Marbles and we
It was Cornelia Street between bushwick and Broadway. Stickball was king unless Mrs. Grillo (2nd floor #24 on the block) called the cops at the 81st Precinct. Mostly they just told us to quit. a few mean ones would drop the bats down the manholes. if they did that, we’d just swich to punchball. Do something about that, Mrs Grillo! When it wasn’t stickbasll or punchball it was triangl;e, stoopball, Ace-King-Queen, zig-sag-tag, johnny on the pony or ringelevio. Boxball was also popular and every so often someone would get those wooden paddles with the little ball attached. When the rubber string broke, we’d use the paddles to play a sort of tennis. Lots of fun until the guy who was losing took his paddle and hit the ball as far awy as possible. Oh well, time to play stickball again. Bill Mahan
In Bay Ridge Brooklyn, in the 70’s and we called it Cor-Cor like the posters from Bensonhurst and South Brookly. I always wondered why, and I think I found the asnwer. The post above about Sunset Park, seem to be where it comes from. “caught caught Ringalevio 1-2-3 1-2-3 1-2-3.” Lot of Sunset Park folks moved to Bay Ridge after they built the BQE. Cor-Cor sounds like some kid misunderstood his Dad saying “Caught, Caught. So our rule was when you grabbed the other kid, you said “Cor-Cor Corlevio, 123,123.” Also, like the Jersey City poster, it was pretty much anything goes until the catcher completed the phrase. A popular move I remember was using your arms to smash at the arms holding on to you. When I first read about Ringolevio, I said, that sounds just like Cor-Cor.
I am looking for a photo of children playing marbles during what we called, The Marble Season in NYC in the late 30’s. If you have a picture or know someone who does, please let me know. lylaward [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
all you needed was a wall,a Blue ball, and at least two players. Each player takes a turn wailing the ball as hard as they could and the other player HAD to catch it. If they did not, they had to stand against the wall and the other player wailed the ball at their backsides/back. SICK! We played this almost every day. NOT for kids these days
we called it killer caps on the Jersey side…me and my sisters loved that game..we had our mom paint it on our nice blacktop yard….I live in Colorado now and not one person I know or that I have met over the years ever heard of this game… yet we were entertained for hours…sometimes we put a board in the middle of the street in front of our grammar school…I remember filling my caps with crayons on the stove ..there was this little strip where the pilot light was ..I would put my cap on there add a penny or 2 for weight and then make cool designs with a nail while the crayon melted… melting crayons..this was as much fun as playing the game…ahh to be young again…now I will teach this game to my grand babies…thanks so much for this site..i thought the game was only in my head….nice to know I’m not wacko(well maybe just a little)
I wore holes in all my pants and skuffed up my shoes so bad no amount of polishing could help,playing skully. My mom would put these iron on patches on my pants, they always fell off. In the early 1960’s me and alot of kids always got handme down clothes. Man,those were the days,playing skully at the city school park on a hot summer day in the shade of a city pin oak tree. As long as the water fountain worked,all was good. We seemed to have an internal clock in us,that at one time in our lives we knew play was over,im to old for that now,or thats kid stuff,and stopped playing our games. I remember wanting to play,but fear of being called a baby stopped me. You could always go home and watch cartoons in the safey of your home. About that time 6th grade,a new thing happened,girls!