And on rainy days(back in the late 50’s) , we would place all of our baseball cards in the appropriate positions(Nellie Fox on second , Luis Aparicio at short , or Harvey Kuenn in right)We would make outfield fences made from blocks of wood or tinker toys. The batter would rest on his elbows with the card on the ground and a flicked finger ready to flick a foil ball into the field. We picked our own teams and the angle of flicking would increase for home run hitters. When the foil ball entered the carpet playing field. The defense had a n opportunity to flick the foil ball toward any base. That is , on a hit to short stop , you would flick it over to a card on the floor(Hank Skowron , etc.) for an out. Any foil bvall that touched a “filder” card on the fly was an out. Any gap shot was usually a double but then your opponent could flick it over to (Brooks Robinson) to hit “him” with the foil ball for an out. We checked all B.A. and move dthe cards accordingly. It was lots of time spent with a brother or friend .
Another activity when we never had the equipment at hand was clothespin ball . There were no bases but boundries for single , double , triple and home run. The “ball” was the clothespin and the “bat” was a mop handle. There were two kinds of pins – the bottle head type and the wire , pinchy kind. Many pins were broken but the way they sailed were both injurious and fascinating. We tried to make a fence in somebodies back yard as the home run wall .
Has anybody played this unique game by placing a firm stick about a foot long and llean it against the curb. The “kicker” boots the sticka nd runs the bases in order. All “baseball” rules apply with one exception. The stick may be thrown onto home base before the runner gets there for an out. The stick may never be thrown at anybody.