Stanley K., didn’t people accumulate the letters S-P-U-D one by one every time they got hit with the ball? Once you’ve got all the letters to spell SPUD, you’re out. Isn’t that right? Did I leave anything out? (Feels like I might have.)
SPUD Here’s how we played spud. One kid threw a ball up and called out another kid’s name. That kid tried to catch the ball while everyone else skattered. When he caught it he yelled “Spud” and everyone froze. He then tried to hit someone with the ball. There was some kind of point system to win or be out. Which reminds me, anyone remember the name of the stickball game where you threw the ball up and hit it with a stick and whoever caught it would role it toward the stick (which you placed on the ground) and you’d try to catch the ball as it popped up off the stick?
I remember playing SPUD in Brooklyn on 93rd Street between Ditmas and Ave. B. I had 2 older sisters and lots and lots of kids on the block. Being one of the younger kids, I NEVER WON. Does anyone out there remember playing Russian 10? It was a “girls game” played with a Spalding ball.
I remember playing SPUD. We also played Ghost in the Graveyard, which was a cross between Run sheep run and Sardines. Red Rover was one of my favorites. Mostly because I was one of the smaller kids playing, and I could duck and dodge under and around the bigger kids. To get to the other side of the lawn or field where we played. There would be two teams, one team would link arms and shout “Red rover, red rover come over.” At which point the other team would try to run through their links hands and get to the safety at the other end of the lawn or field. The other team would have to tackle us to stop us from crossing. Once we down, we were out.
anyone remember SPUD everyone had a number and there was 1 “ghost nuymber” someone would throw a kickball in the air and scream a number, say “7”, well everyone would run as fast as they could, except “7” they would run tward the ball and pick it up and immidietly scream “SPUD” then everyone else would have to stop int heir tracks, and the “7” would have 3 steps to get as close to someone else as they could then throw the ball at them, if they hit them they got a letter S P U or D, and if you missed, you got the letter, once you get SPUD your out. and your number retires as a ghost number — if a ghost number is screamed its free game to anyone who wants to get the ball.