Well, lets see,where do I begin? Around sept. 1993 some guy named Frankie Bisogna puts an ad in the St. Pete Times [ florida ] asking ” is anybody here from Brooklyn “? and his phone # in the ad also. He got 400 calls in one day. So, keeping in touch with the callers, someone gets the idea, lets have a block party. So, the went for a permit to block off the street. Well, no such thing, never heard of it, and lots of other excuses from the St.Pete P.D. Now what? Momentum is growing and more and more ex-Brooklynites are getting interested. Word is spreading like wildfire. AN IDEA? Lets rent the Coliseum in St. Pete. OK. Lets do it. Well, to make a short story shorter. By word of mouth, 2700 people showed up at the St.Pete Coliseum on Oct. 24, 1993. Present were t The Brooklyn Dodger Sym-phony band. Pee Wee Reese [yes] and a few other Brooklyn dignitaries. Also present to Provide other amenities was Nathans of Coney Island, Juniors, complete with Cheesecake. Alba`s Pastries from 18TH ave. Brooklyn T-Shirts, Posters, Pennants, Brooklyn Dodger Memorabilia, Hats, Etc. We played stickball INDOORS? Scully, Johnny on a pony. It lasted from Noon to 11:00 p.m. And most of the people had to be thrown out when the Coliseum closed. [ one colisem sweeper said as we were leaving ” I`ve never seen so many crazy people in one place at one time” Lets face it, you can take a person out of Brooklyn, but you can`t take the Brooklyn out of anybody. Dougie Miracco
We’ll do a back to Queens sometime this summer. Well – at least we’ll be participating in the Stickball Classic that will beheld there. Check the site next week for schedule information.
Hey – What about a Back to Queens?
Yo what’s up y’all, I think Mick Greene should get a medal or something for putting together the Streetplay booth and all the coordination that went with it. It was truly a homeric task, and I don’t know how he pulled it off… especially the part where he got a cellmodem-enabled ThinkPad to work in the middle of a raucous street fair, download digital images from an e-camera to it, edit these images in PhotoShop, upload them to this web site, and tweak HTML all the while. Mick is DA MAN. All I had to do was teach/play Skully. Props go out to “Pez”, especially for letting me stash my PalmPilot in his glove compartment, and to all the family members of the StreetPlay staff who were so nice to me. And to especially to the kids… it was great, even if you didn’t think so when I started to go into “Kindergarten Cop” mode! Special thanks to Cari Best for the autographed copy of “Last Licks” too! So when’s the “Back to the Bronx” festival? -Hugh M. McNally hmcnally [at] westnet [dot] com
What a great day. All kinds of dialogue going on around from broad philosophical conversations on the meaning of sports for kids, to heated debates on the real rules of skully and whether or not the Bronx rules should apply here in Brooklyn (Masta Blasta Hugh McNally is a Bronx boy). The mood here has been fantastic. Anyone who’s come by has said how great it was. We’ve had a constant line of people ranging in age from 3 to 70 come by to take a swing with their choice of stickball bat. The hardest part of the day has been maintaining the computer connection. Several times we lost network connection (we’re wireless and coverage in this non-residential, non-commercial zone is weak). Well, now the batteries are failing – will have to post more pics sometime tommorow – Great day
Hey all, My day here in Brooklyn as Skully Masta Blasta has been great! I’ve taught the kids, beaten the adults (who knew the game), and done more deep knee bends than my knees ever should do in a single day. All in all, it’s glorious. Simply glorious. -Hugh M. McNally hmcnally [at] westnet [dot] com
I think these games were the great equalizer. The way we’d solve our mini racial conflicts was we’d have a showdown with a game. Handball, stickball, touch football. I’m not saying we won all the time but you lost you shut up. It was a humblin experience It took out the tensions. A lot of negative aggressions were turned positive from sports. Now MTV is raising the children You see now, they’re cutting the funds from sports and music and those are the thins that brought people together
You’d always want to win Chinese Handball, because if you lost Booty’s Up Chinese handball was very skillful, unlike regular handball you really had to cut the ball, like table tennis. I had a friend named Maxine in East New York, she could make that ball die. She beat all the guys in regular handball and Chinese handball. She was murder on us. I’m going to call her up and tell her about today.