this game was almost universal. i think it was for kids who had outgrown skelly. basically it involved throwing heels at lines on sidewalk boxes versus other players. now that i think about it, heels had lots of the feel of shuffleboard with tossed of slid heels. the rules – now mostly forgotten by me – could get quite complicated. things like heavy heel with tacks embedded in the bottom for sliding, ladies’ high heel heels to avoid being hit, giant heels to avoid being covered, and all kinds of variations. we would be trying to get all kinds of heels from shoemakers – without paying of course. i’m sure others can supply lots more than i have. as i said, it was so universal in our turf that i had no idea until college how local it was.
Yippee. Others who remember skully. I thought it was skully. Try telling people in Florida about skully. They think I am nuts. We had fun with our creatively designed bottle caps. We played in Brooklyn, in the playground of our projects — which was the Harry Silver’s Butcher’s Coop. I kind of remember the layout, with the border around the center square, but it would be nice if someone knew exactly how it was set up and how to play. I’d like to bring back some fun times.
I played Skelly as a kid on Long Island NY around 1966-68. I remember that my brother and I would fight for the top to the Skippy peanut butter because it was so heavy and was great for making it all the way across the board from 1 to 2. I think the loser always got the top to the jelly jar which wasnt nearly as heavy. We would play with 6-7 other neighborhood kids in the middle of the street and every now and then a car would run over your top. (ouch) The board was about as wide as the street and was numbered from 1 to 13. You had to “skip” your top across the board and go from box to box. First one to 13 was the winner. Opponents could use their top to knock you out of the box and off the board if they were close enough to you. (another good reason to have the Skippy top) There was some kind of border around 13 in the center of the board but I dont remember what that was for. It might have been a penalty area if you landed inside it.
What I remember best about playing Skelly was the variety of pieces we’d use. Usually we’d use bottle tops from soda bottles. Of course this was before the twist-off tops so the trick was to get the top off the bottle without bending it. Sometimes we’d melt crayons into the bottle tops to give them weight – then we could blast the opponent’s top down the block. Sometimes we’d have an open game where you could use any type of top you wanted – large jar tops were particular favorites. These had to be big enough to maximize the chance of hitting your opponent, but not too big to fit into a destination box. The wickedest thing I remember was, when you landed in a box and your opponent was sitting on the box edge, you could put your top right up against his and kick then as far as you could. You got to go to the next box, but your opponent might need the rest of the day to get back on the court!
Ken Edwards Brighton Beach 50’s and 60’s. You would wake up in the morning and wait. Soon you would hear, “Hey Kenny, could you come out?” If your parents were up, you would say, “Ma, can I go out and play?” In about 20 minutes, you had about 10 to 20 friends trying to figure out what to do first. Sometimes it was stickball, sometimes dodgeball, sometimes it was skelly or chinese handball. If it was too early in the morning, water would be flying out of somebody’s window and they would yell, “can’t you kids play elsewhere, it is too early in the morning.” No matter what, you were with a group of friends. This lasted till your mother popped her head out of the window and yelled your name to come home. 4 October 1997
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