Yes, that’s the way I remember it too. Single, double, triple, HR. We actually mentally scored the whole thing also, say, a single, a single then a double, RUN SCORES! One-nothing, etc.
How about salugee? (I have no idea how to spell it) I think it is the same as keep away. We played it in the schoolyards in Howard Beach in the 1960s. It was fun but violent. You could do anything to the guy with the ball – so you had to throw it before you got clobbered. Lots of fights broke out.
In Montreal in the early seventies we used to play what we called “tennis baseball”, right in the middle of the street. A tennis racquet was used as the bat and a tennis ball or some kind of plastic ball replaced the baseball. Ton’s of fun!
Brooklyn- 1950’s. Punchball was the game; sewers were the bases! Does anyone know whatever happened to Spaldeens???? Haven’t seen one in decades, but would love to buy one to show my kids!!
In the Bronx in the early 40s: Two players in adjacent boxes (squares of sidewalk paving) hit the ball back and forth. The ball must bounce in the other player’s box. The player missing the ball or not bouncing it in his opponent’s box gets a point. 21 points loses.
Has anybody played “pinners” if not check out the rules in the stoopball section of the rules.
We played a game like that but we called it “pinners”. Basically it was baseball,if the ball landed before the sidewalk that passed the front of the house it was a base hit, if the ball landed on the sidewalk it was a double, if the ball landed in the grass between the sidewalk and the street it was a triple if the ball landed in the street it was a homerun. the foul lines were the width of the steps. also if you catch the ball on a fly and you throw the ball and hit “only the second step” it was a double play.
We played Kickball on Long Island in the early 1970s with a large red playground ball. It was about basketball size except softer rubber. The rules were essentially the same as stickball except you obviuosly kicked the ball and ran the bases.
In South Philly our ball of choice was a “pimple ball”, white or rather greyish rubber with 1/8″ dimples with bands running latitudily and stars embossed on both poles. It was used in many games, stickball, wallball, wireball, boxball, miniature,ledgies, points, dinky and the ultimate and most sublime of the street games, Halfball. In further postings I will detail the sublimities of this most enjoyable game. …
Two players were separated by three squares of sidewalk pavement. One player ‘pitched’ the ball, a pinky, into the box closest to the other player. If the ball missed the box, it was a walk. If the ball landed in the box, the batter slapped the ball, trying to get it to land in the box closest to the pitcher. If he succeeded, each bounce of the ball was another base–one bounce, single, two bounces, double, etc. If the ball landed anywhere but in the box, or was caught on the fly, one out was recorded. The pitcher always attempted to ‘fluke’ the ball so the batter missed it.