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NY Daily News Stickball Classic - Brooklyn
Brooklyn Stickball Events Bring Out New Teams
The Stickball Challenge
The game was a quick one, only 4 innings in length. The Bronx team took an early two run lead on Guardian Angel Frank Lee's massive two run homer in the first. In the last of the fourth, the Brooklyn team staged a rally, scoring one run, but were stopped with runners left on 2nd and 3rd. Advocating a philosophical view that would have been easily understood by his predecessors, Markowitz said, "We have nothing to be ashamed of and we leave with our heads held high. Wait till next year."
The Stickball Classic
Peggy O'Neill's, a local establishment located at KeySpan park fielded several teams as did Park Slope Films. The Ozone Park Warriors, a Queens based team came, as did teams from New Jersey and the Bronx. The Brooklyn Knights, the borough's preeminent team was also on hand to compete for the borough title.
Three fields were commissioned for play and the games began. Despite an occasional blowout, the matchups proved to be relatively even and a number of exciting games ensued, with several teams advancing by winning by one or two run margins in seven innings of action.
After the Ozone Park Warriors defeated the Plug-Uglies (a Park Slope based team) 12-5, for their third win of the day, they were matched against the Brooklyn Knights. While the Warriors had the heart and showed some real talent for the game, they were clearly over matched by Knights who went ahead to win the game and take the Brooklyn Crown. However, the Ozone Park Warriors will participate in the finals since the Brooklyn Knights had already taken the SI and can only represent one borough in the competitions.
If you are interested in seeing the 2003 finals or if you want to help publicize the tournament for 2004, contact us.
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Peggy O'Neill's, one of the event's sponsors.
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