October 6, 1993 |
Curt Schilling was roughed up in the first inning yesterday. He walked his first three batters, then booted a bases-loaded ground ball to allow Atlanta's first run. He was replaced by Tommy Greene without recording an out. This Phillies nightmare took place yesterday afternoon on a stickball field called "The Steps," at the back door of Bregy Elementary School, at 17th and Bigler in South Philadelphia, 15 blocks from the Vet. Stickball is...
August 12, 1993 |
With the determination of a major-leaguer, Paul Peterson stepped up to the plate and eyed the pitcher. Peterson, 13, waited till the ball bounced once, then swung and hit. It might have been a homer, but Pat Friel, 12, reached out with his hat and caught the ball in mid-flight. Peterson was out, the young players agreed, and it was time for the next player to pick up the stick. That's right, a sawed-off hockey stick, not a baseball bat, is the tool in this neighborhood game.
July 18, 2002 |
Smack! A wooden stick connects with a tattered tennis ball. Sneakers slap against asphalt. A worn leather glove darts out and Poof! stops the line drive cold. "Yer out!" The clamor of children playing stickball still sounds sweet to Larry Schade. It's what he dreamed of years ago when he bought a tiny Doylestown general store and struck a deal with the neighborhood kids: He'd organize a game of stickball every day. All they had to do was show up. And they did. They came back the next day and the day after that.
July 29, 1996 |
Ricky Dzielinski smacks a bouncer toward first base at the Adaire Elementary School Playground in Fishtown. The game is stickball, most of the players are members of the Fishtown Recreation Center, and first base is the pole that supports the basketball backboard at right.
July 16, 2011
What makes B.G. Kelley think that halfball is a Philadelphia game ("Halfball was wholly Philadelphia," July 7)? I was raised in New York during the Great Depression some 80 years ago. We depended on our ingenuity for games and playthings. Popular ball games used the pimple ball or the pink rubber ball. Since there were no rowhouses, our "ballparks" were the city canyons lined by six-story apartment buildings. We played halfball, stickball, stoopball, stepball, curbball, wallball, boxball, and punchball.
August 11, 1988 |
A 10-year-old boy was hit by an apparent stray bullet yesterday as he played stickball on a street corner in his North Philadelphia neighborhood. It was the latest in a number of incidents recently in which children have been killed or wounded by random gunfire. The boy, Julio Perez Jr., of Cambria Street near Ella, wasn't hurt seriously. The bullet, believed to be from a small-caliber gun, hit his shoulder and passed into his chest, lodging under the skin. He was treated at Episcopal Hospital and released.
June 12, 2001
Say no to sex and drugs. Don't drink and don't smoke. Don't touch weapons. Steer clear of Internet porn. There's no end of clean-living advice out there for America's youth. But one critical message - one that might do the most to promote a lifetime of well-being - is all but missing. We're talking about adolescent obesity here, about the lack of determination by parents and government to do something about it. As chronicled in a three-part series by Inquirer reporter Marian Uhlman, obesity is rampant.
April 30, 2006 |
The open road beckoned, so Esther Pearson grabbed a friend and headed to Vero Beach, Fla., to make the most of her last spring break. After 51 years of teaching at the Westfield Friends School in Cinnaminson, the 70-year-old physical education teacher and Moorestown native is hanging up the whistle. Sort of. "I'm retiring from Westfield," Pearson said during a phone interview from Vero Beach. "I'm still teaching at my other jobs. " Those jobs include teaching gymnastics at the Jersey Jets Gymnastics School, art to adults and children at her home, and bowling at the Moorestown Department of Recreation.
October 31, 2013 |
IT IS WITH alarming - and depressing - frequency that we read or hear accounts of tragedies perpetrated by people who have been bullied as children. Happily, Marc Zumoff's story has had a much happier outcome. Tonight on Comcast SportsNet, Zumoff kicks off his 20th season as the 76ers' television play-by-play announcer - a run that puts him in the exalted company of such beloved "voices" as Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Gene Hart and Merrill Reese. Oddly enough, his longtime success as a member of a such an exclusive fraternity might be a result of the torment he suffered at the hands of other kids.
February 14, 1995 |
Some call it Tinnies. Others call it Bottle Caps. Still others call it something that sounds like Spatooie. And then there are those who call it Dead Box. Whatever you call it, it's a game that's been played on the streets of South Philadelphia for generations. All you need is a piece of chalk, a bottle cap, and time. And what kid doesn't have time? Billy Corazo did. Played the game for hours, in between buck-buck and stickball. "I'd come home with black hands and knees.