WHERE CAN WE BUY PIMPLE BALLS
Does anyone know where I can get a dozen or two pimple balls? I’m starting up a fistball (punchball) league for the Masters Division (55 years+) and I’ll be damned if we’re going to play with a Spaldeen. …Let’s Show The Kids How The Game Is Played (Taking leads, cuffing the ball, no gloves, etc…)
I still have a 1966 pimple ball. We used two driveways for boxball in case we got chased from one or there was hanging wash in the way. Our stickball field was a bank parking lot behind Castor Ave; homers had to cross the lot and the street. Handball was played at recess and lunchtime at Carnell. For Deadbox, we put an extra cork in bottlecaps for added weight and control. We called manhunt “wolf”; kids on my street today play the same game and call it “freedom.” Running bases was for all the kids (including girls) of all ages, not just us “athletes.”
I grew up in South Boston “Southie’ and the white pimple ball (circus ball) was more expensive 15 cents and desirable than the pinky (pennsey?) 10 cents. Circa 1960. We played fast pitch stickball against a brick wall with a chalk marked strike zone and a short field. We played slow ball stickball in a bigger parking lot. Both ways meant some broken windows. Also played handball and “hin-do” to us was a “hin-da” Local accent of course. (Hindrance) We also used the pimple ball for “scrub”, previously referred to as punch ball and another game, “off the steps”. Finally, halfball when the pimple ball lost its bounce. Pinkies were rarely, if ever, used for halfball, and were a poor substitute for all the other games. We also scoured all the flat roofs we could get on and did all we could to get the balls out of the sewers. All and all great memories. You handball guys from NYC must remember Paul Haber, boy, kill shot king. He used to do exhibitions against the local talent at the L Street Bathhouse.
I grew up in South Philly, in the 70s/early 80s … I STILL HAVE A PIMPLE BALL !!! I kept it knowing that one day, people all over would be looking for one — wish we could still buy em. I remember learning ‘Chink’ on the corners. We simply called it ‘Chink’ and it was the most simple, fun, yet competitive games ANYWHERE !! We played it on the corner, and we played to 11, or 21 if you played doubles and allowed ‘slams’ – meaning the ball could go PAST the curb and into the street, provided there wasn’t a parked car in front of that curb. My memories from the neighborhood also included: – Halfball (of course) – Handball – Running the Bases – ‘Atlantic City’ — which was a variation of Chink AND Running the Bases – very fun game – Jailbreak (surprised I haven’t seen this mentioned elsewhere – you had teams of people and you had to ‘free’ the person in ‘jail’ — which was someone’s front step – you would grab the railing, yell ‘jailbreak’ and all your teammates could leave jail. If you got caught by the other team, you were ‘dragged’ into jail. We usually had a member from each team ‘guarding’ the jail area!) – Wireball – Stepball – Fastball (a variation of stickball/halfball where you pitched a tennis ball into a ‘strike box’ painted on a wall and played with out and runs rules similar to halfball) – Wall/Suicide (simply throwing the ball against the wall, and having someone catch it – if you missed it you had to run to the wall and touch it and yell ‘Wall/Suicide’ before someone picked up your missed ball and BEANED it at your ass! – Dodge ball (played with the big red ball!) – Street football (we actually had an entire street block spray painted with yard line markers, logos, out of bounds markers, end zones, etc!) I’m sure there were plenty of others but this is all I can think of right now !!!
I remember alot of these games. I grew up in North Philly (3rd & Bristol) near Feltonville. We played boxball, stickball, handball, chink ball, and buck buck. I haven’t see many messages on chink ball.The the way we played it you hit the ball either pimple or pink rubber if they didn’t have a pimple ball, against the wall on one bounce. You could juggle the ball three times, but then you had to hit it. You would try to fake your opponent out by pretending to hit it hard, then hit it softly. If he or she missed it, it was worth one point. First one to 5 won. Thanks, for the memories. Al.
i grew up in what we called south brooklyn , red hook now it carroll gardens and its a pimple ball for fistball and a spalden for stickball and sometimes the white starball for fistball i was a 2 12 sewer man and capt of the ‘brooklyn angels’ from clinton street between carroll st and first place andrew
is there a difference between a pinky ball and a pensie ball. we had only two balls to chose from, one was pink and one was white pimple ball. someone said pensie pinky was rich mans ball, i thought white pimple ball was more expensive. was there three different balls. please e-mail me at mark [at] wallpaperonwheels [dot] com my bus or call at my bus 1-856-468-7701. i am also trying to bring boxball back. sincerely mark siano
Anyone remember “Buck Buck”? The gang split up into two teams. One person from each team was designated as the cusion. He would stand with his back agaist the wall and his teammates would line up. The first teammate would lean down and put the top of his head against the “Cusion’s” belly. The rest of the team would line up behind the first like a train with their heads down. The second team, one at a time, would run from the curb and jump on top of the other team’s players and try to make them collapse. Every time a player would attempt to knock the other team down, he would first scream,”Buck Buck #1 coming..” and so on until the weight of the other team was too much and the first team would collapse. Great site! Looking forward to seeing more of the games that I have forgotten that I would like to teach my two sons. They still don’t understand why you wouldn’t use a whole pimpleball!!!!!!!!