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Full Classic Coverage
• Stickball Classic 2004
• Stickball Classic 2003
• Stickball Classic 2002
• Stickball Classic 2001
• Stickball Classic 2000
• Stickball Classic 1999

• Stickball discussion area

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• Introduction to stickball
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• Equipment
• Celebrities
• Poetry
• Other online resources
• Stickball discussion

More on Streetplay
• Stickball Hall of Fame
• Tribute: Steve Mercado, FDNY
• Beating the Big Kids
• Ouch, That Buick Hurts!
• Angel Quinones, Sr. and Jr.

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NY Daily News 2003 Stickball Classic - Finals

The Gold, NYC's top Stickball Team repeated 
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Longball finalists pose in front of KeySpan Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

The Gold Repeat as Stickball Classic Champions

Brooklyn was host for both the opening and final event in this year’s Stickball Classic, but once again, it was a Bronx team that walked away with the title. Repeating their win from 2002, The Gold defeated challengers from the other boroughs and proved that they were the best team in NYC.

Along the way, this year’s tournament had some notable highlights. At MetroTech, the Mayor took some swings of his own before presiding over the opening ceremonies which included the annual longball competition between the cops and the fire department. Also of note was having a record 11 teams come down to compete in the Brooklyn playoff in Coney Island, introducing some new rivalries into ths NY event.

Once again fans were “treated” to the sounds of the Brooklyn Dodger Sym-phony while the players endured the barbs and wisecracks of stickball’s self appointed commissioner Curtis Sliwa.

Take a look at the photos below and check out the coverage of the Finals.

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Curtis Sliwa soaking in the applause of the City's brass after whacking a 260 ft shot on his only swing.
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Mayor Bloomberg watching the longball competition at the opening ceremonies in MetroTech
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The Gold, repeated as the City's champs demonstrating why they are the best team in the City.
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Young fans being "treated" to the music of the Brooklyn Symphony band at the Queens competition.
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Cheerleaders rooting for the home team at the Brooklyn Challenge
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The Ozone Park Warriors were the surprise team in this year's competition.

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A special thanks to the Daily News
for its continued support of this legendary NYC street game.


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