Well….. I like to think, and I dont care what Mooney says, that I was The King of BOXBALL. Why?! Because if you hit it (with your fist after being pitched) down the pisshole(a flight of marble steps leading down to a ground floor door of the school,Creighton, which was also used for draining of the you know what)you could, and should, take third. And if fat Herbie was playing the pisshole; you’re home!And man could i find that pisshole. I’ll line up to buy pimple balls!!!!!!!! ZMAN
Hi Marc…this is super!!!!!!! I remember Chink ball..played at every corner store in Feltonville where there was a ” Jewish ” candy or variety store, and the drug stores wall with light buff colored brick were not exempt either. We used to be ” chased ” by Muchnick, Mr. Gold, Lenny’s food market and even the Smylie Rd shoe repair man. It was a great way to spend an evening! Now here were the rules…you had to show up in a white tee shirt, and not the athletic ones either or you couldn’t play. You pitched a penny against the wall to find out who would serve first and keep score!! That was important. One bounce of the pimple ball which was sold for 9 cents by the store owner ( the corner) where you got chased was shared by all players. One bounce was the rule and if the ball jumped the wall and went onto a lawn, you lost 2 points! The game was played with and open palm to smack the ball, almost like tennis or racket ball Well we invented ” Jewish Chink ” —My family was the Ponnock Toy company and we were privy to have the old paddle and ball…A wooden paddle and a long rubber band attached to the ball manufactured inside and connected to paddle with a staple. I cut the rubber band and brought two paddles with me to Muchnicks’ in the early 1960’s and we had fun! We called ourselves the Pennway Paddle Club. When the pimple ball went flat from us really abusing it, we held off from immediately cutting it into ” halfies ” and ran around playing ” paddle Tag” So much fun!!! thanks marc.. this is great
Yo Guys! PIMPLE BALLS ruled my neighborhood in Philly! They were the only balls you could make sail on a peg in from the outfield (the next block.) They were the best for halfies after they died and you may even go home with a star shaped welt on your butt after a heated game of “assball” If anybody knows where I can find PIMPLE BALLS please let me know we’ll choose you in if you do!!!
Growing up in South Philly, the pimple ball was indispensible. You couldn’t play the street games without it: Stickball (aka Fastball), Halfball, Hit the Penny, Chink, Wallball, Wireball, Babies in the Air. I find it difficult to explain to my kids just what a pimple ball was. I wish I had saved one to show them. The thing I found most interesting about it was when you pressed your index finger hard on the top of the ball and throw it hard releasing it so that it’s trajectory was toward the ground, it would almost float as it sped toward it’s target. I’ve seen guys throw them almost the length of a city block where the ball made the entire trip 6 inches off the ground.
I too grew up in Philly playing “pimple ball”, does anyone know where to get them?
If anyone knows where a pimple ball can be purchased, let me know. I’ve been in the mood for half ball for about 20 years which is about the last time I saw a star ball
I have been desperately searching for a pimple ball to fulfill my good friends birthday wishes. He is a former player who would like to introduce his grandson to the greatest game ever invented – half ball. If you know where I could purchase one, please respond as soon as possible. Time is running out.