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Willie's West Coast Style


Willie Blas and his Williville bats
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Willie displaying his unique "Williville" bats.
Willie Blas is a relative newcomer to stickball, having been introduced to the game a mere 11 years ago when Bobby Ortiz, a Stickball Hall of Famer began putting together a San Diego team. However, Willie has become one of the top West Coast players and has developed a new type of stickball bat, which he calls the "Williville."

Now to the traditionalists who have grown up playing stickball with a broomstick, this might seem like an unnecessary break with tradition, but Willie feels his west-coast style is adding something to the game.

The bat has a thin handle and body, rounding out only towards the end. "Although this bat looks small, it bends like a golf club and really whips around," Willie said. "Like any bat, if you want to drive it, you need to hit it on the sweet spot, but I think it really lets you gain a lot of power."

At the Stickball World Series in El Barrio, a number of old time players took a few minutes to give Willie's creation a try. The verdict is still out on whether they are an improvement for the hitter, but the bats look cool.

For more information contact Willie Blas at wsblas@sbcglobal.net.

A Williesville


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