Sedgwick Projects on University and 174th from 1960-1968 — I was box baseball champ and set a season record for punchball homers — the signs said “keep off the grass” but I guess it’s safe to say now that we used to play football on it all the time (statute of limitations)– all those skills were pretty non-transferable when we moved to Los Angeles in 1968, but even at 44 years old I’ll bet nobody could hit my “stop-and-go”!!
Wow, what great memories.!! Guess from the time I could swing a bat we played stickball,punchball,running bases ect. Grew up in Flushing,(P.S.22)..The game then was “strike-out” played mostly in the school yards with the “box” painted or chaulked on the wall. Another great “stadium” when you had fewer players,(or when it rained) was under the overpass`s of the L.I. Railroad. (158st). Can always remember playing center field (behind the 3rd manhole cover) and “Big Frankie” connected with a monster shot to center…With my back to the plate I was on my “Horse”…Had it all the way…Never taking into account the 1956 Buick which had parked in left center the end of last inning. Yup, hit that baby in “full stride” and paid a dear price.! Think “Big Frankie” cleared the bases on that shot.! Later on I had three of my own boys….Some of the greatest times we ever had together was playing “Strike-Out”! Where has the time gone.?? Thanks to all who contribute to those memories and for a few minutes take us back to the best days in our lives.!
To be able to play on Andrews Avenue (West Bronx) each player had to be able to hit a minimum of a sewer. Two Sewers and you were a Strong hitter. Ron & myself were Three sewer hitters making us the Home Run Kings. On rare occasions you hit both Three sweres & over the Six(6) story building. Rules were as previously mentioned – Down The Line – Right car was First – Second was Middle Sewer- Left car was Third. Lived for THIS game – Also same game without Bat was Punchball.
I was thinking of the games we used to play with a Spaldeen. There were games for only one person up through a full baseball team. As I remember them they were: 1 Person Catch with yourself- throw the ball up and catch it. Practicing your pitching against a box on the wall Throwing the ball against the wall to see how high you could throw it. On the roof was the ultimate Throwing the ball off the wall (or stoop) and practicing your catching ability. 2 Persons Box Baseball Hit the penny. Stickball Catch American Handball, paddle ball, etc. Off the wall Stoopball 3 Persons Monkey in the middle Running Bases Salugi (?) or keep away Chinese handball Larger Groups Punchball Slapball I’m sure there are more. But for 25 cents, nothing could beat thatbeautiful pink ball with the word Spaulding stamped on it. We didn’t need our parents making schedules, driving us all over the place. Just us and a little ball, and we were in heaven for hours. Mark Podhorzer Now of Atlanta GA, but in my heart always from Brooklyn