Hello, My name is Dan Harrell and I was raised in Southwest Philadelphia. I’m 56 years old and I’m doing a paper on the game of “Box Ball” as we played it back in the 50’s.I recently had a reunion game with friends of mine of my own age . Since they no longer make the “Pimple Ball”(a little bigger and not quite as bouncy as the pink,or bubble gum colored,ball)we used what I guess you call a “Spaldeen” in New York.Maybe its because we are older but the pink ball is a shade too small for our game and a little too lively.In fact, I’m not too sure but, I believe the “Pimple Ball” was the only ball we used for our street games-I don’t recall any other ball outside an occasional “Star Ball” being used. I enjoy reading your site and wish you the best with your ‘bounce off’. Yours In Street Games Dan Harrell
I’d love to set up a discussion on this wonderful sport [wiffle ball].
OK Cuz, I think you should have one of your talented and creative pals write a screenplay or Broadway musical about stick ball and how it created for one average Brooklyn born boy the discipline and courage to become a big business mogel or owner of the Yankees or something. Once the movie or musical sweeps the nation, streetplay can be the official website with interviews with the stars and such. Your merchandising alone could be worth millions…T shirts reading “From catcher to Chairman of the Board” on the back with a picture of a stickball team on the front. Lunchboxes, action figures, comic books…egad the sky is the limit.
Any suggestions/comments for the Streetplay Big Ball Bounce-off? This is a product review comparing different balls you can purchase to play the great games mentioned on this site?
This is a great suggestion – We will be participating in the Back to Brooklyn Festival on June 13 – see our coverage of it! We would like to attend some others this summer. Please send us an e-mail to discuss this more. Anyone else – feel free to add ways to go about this – particularly in other Northeastern cities besides NY. Thanks micknpez [at] streetplay [dot] com
Okay, here’s a suggestion. Problem is, it’s not tongue in cheek, and technically it’s not losing money, more like giving it away. If you’re all about street games, take the money to the streets! Start with New York since that seems to be where many of our roots are. Have a city-wide street games tournament and exhibition – give prizes and award money! Get sponsors – that way they can lose their money too! Maybe make it an annual thing. Imagine streets of the City closed off to punchball games, stickball games, skelly (or skully depending on where you were from), jacks, jump rope, etc. If it loses enough money in New York, you can take the show on the road and lose money in other urban areas.
One way to loose money is to have a very important business meeting to discuss the future of play. Invite business associates to a Focus Group discussion where the bottles of red wine flow freely. I can hold my own, both in conversation and drink and think we could definately help reach your biz goals this quarter.
Nathan’s, what about Nathan’s – I said Nathan’s… (( – oh, that’s that frankfurter w/sourkraut, a Kosher dill and those great french fried potatoes, wonderful noshing emporium – )) circa: late 30’s and early 40’s, and than much later in the 70’s till current!!!
if you want to lose money open a great school. Pay the teachers adequately.Or pay them what athletes and superstar actors get. If you need to lose more money, franchise the idea! Just think, excellent schools in every state, where teachers are paid great salaries. This money losing idea is so fantastic, the government might get wind of it! But the government already knows how to lose billions on war-oriented, death oriented enterprises. Let’s give money losing opportunities in life-oriented, hope oriented, help-oriented and education-affirming projects.
Celan, We have great respect for the teaching profession and appreciate that you are good at losing money (with the y even). But the question is, How can we lose lots of money? Not small time stuff – we need to lose millions to get really big. Any thoughts?