I have written and illustrated a book on “City Games” played with a “pimple ball”. These games include: stickball, wallball, wireball, boxball, miniature,ledgies, points, dinky and the ultimate and most sublime of the street games, halfball. Halfball is one of the greatest games ever, and if anyone has any info or comments regarding these games feel free to e-mail me at bearncrepe [at] aol [dot] com. Thanks, Bob Bu
In Manayunk we used to play wireball. There were 4 high wires we threw a pimple or tennis ball at. The lowest was a single, next a double, then a triple, top was a homer. If you missed the wires and it was caught by your opponents it was a strike, 3 strikes was an out, 3 outs per side of an inning just like baseball. If you hit the wire it didn’t matter if it was caught, you got whatever the hit was. This could be played individually or with teams. The hardest part, aside from hitting the wires which were fairly high, was keeping track of the men on base and the score which could get quite high. We also played the usual games like stickball,halfball,stepball, etc. but I think wireball was kind of unique.
In South Philly our ball of choice was a “pimple ball”, white or rather greyish rubber with 1/8″ dimples with bands running latitudily and stars embossed on both poles. It was used in many games, stickball, wallball, wireball, boxball, miniature,ledgies, points, dinky and the ultimate and most sublime of the street games, Halfball. In further postings I will detail the sublimities of this most enjoyable game.