The PS/JHS 79 schoolyard in Da Bronx was the best place in the world when I was growing up. We had THREE fields in which to play stickball – one for fungo/running bases, two for pitching in. The fungo field became the football field in the fall and winter. We had two punchball areas, a full-court basketball area, a place to place off the point and 3 Steps to Germany… Two great candy stores, a great grocery store, two delis, a pizza place and the BEST luncheonette (the Village Green) all within a couple of blocks of the yard. What more could a kid want or need??
Wow, what great memories.!! Guess from the time I could swing a bat we played stickball,punchball,running bases ect. Grew up in Flushing,(P.S.22)..The game then was “strike-out” played mostly in the school yards with the “box” painted or chaulked on the wall. Another great “stadium” when you had fewer players,(or when it rained) was under the overpass`s of the L.I. Railroad. (158st). Can always remember playing center field (behind the 3rd manhole cover) and “Big Frankie” connected with a monster shot to center…With my back to the plate I was on my “Horse”…Had it all the way…Never taking into account the 1956 Buick which had parked in left center the end of last inning. Yup, hit that baby in “full stride” and paid a dear price.! Think “Big Frankie” cleared the bases on that shot.! Later on I had three of my own boys….Some of the greatest times we ever had together was playing “Strike-Out”! Where has the time gone.?? Thanks to all who contribute to those memories and for a few minutes take us back to the best days in our lives.!
I was thinking of the games we used to play with a Spaldeen. There were games for only one person up through a full baseball team. As I remember them they were: 1 Person Catch with yourself- throw the ball up and catch it. Practicing your pitching against a box on the wall Throwing the ball against the wall to see how high you could throw it. On the roof was the ultimate Throwing the ball off the wall (or stoop) and practicing your catching ability. 2 Persons Box Baseball Hit the penny. Stickball Catch American Handball, paddle ball, etc. Off the wall Stoopball 3 Persons Monkey in the middle Running Bases Salugi (?) or keep away Chinese handball Larger Groups Punchball Slapball I’m sure there are more. But for 25 cents, nothing could beat thatbeautiful pink ball with the word Spaulding stamped on it. We didn’t need our parents making schedules, driving us all over the place. Just us and a little ball, and we were in heaven for hours. Mark Podhorzer Now of Atlanta GA, but in my heart always from Brooklyn