I grew up in Cobble Hill Brooklyn in the 70’s. My Dad still lives there – he calls it God’s Country. Anyway, We called it Coco-leavio. Later as we got older, it turned into Manhunt. I remember my friend Lee ‘teaching’ me how to ‘blend in’ with the cars, so as not to be seen. That was a good time.
On Clay Ave in the Bronx, we played Ringaleavio and another variation called Roundup. We also used the human electric chain.
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Hello, I am looking for definitions to a lot of these games…stoopball…johny on the pony….sewer to sewer stickball….stickball…knock hockey my wife is translating the book “Sleepers” can anyone help us find such descriptions of these games or phrases? this must have been the days to live in!!!!
In Washington Heights (Dyckman area) we called it “Manhunt”. But it was basically the same game, with one team chasing the other and placing them in “base”. We did not allow running into basements, buildings or passing the corners on either side of the block. There was always someone guarding the base. I remember running with a car (running alongside of it as low as possible) and then pouncing on the base and saving as many of my teammates as possible. Also for a period of time we could kick the lamppost on our block and the lights would go off and the other team couldn’t see what was going on for about 8-9 minutes. Those were the days (late 80’s). We usually played during the summertime and usually till about 11:30 pm (never during the day either! Too hot!)and then just lay on top of a car and talk the night away.
I grew up on Hancock st. in the Bed-ford stuyvesant section of Brooklyn and yes, I played punch-ball, stick-ball, kick the can, red light green light 123,Ring-o-livio, Johny on the pony, yo-yo’s, spinning tops/crack tops skelley, marbles, jacks, and our neighborhood favorite, run catch and kiss. That was a game that would later lead to hot roof top make out sessions.
We also played potsy and punchball in the “playgrounds” – which were really just fenced in squares at the apartments at 215th street, near 47th and 48th Ave in Bayside. I always prefered a Spaldeen to a pensy-pinkie.
I also grew up in Bayside – in the 60’s. I remember playing behind the Jewish Center of Bayside Hills .