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• 2000 Stickball Classic home

The Streetplay Scoop
• 9/30 Emperors are the Champs
• 9/23 Latinos and Emperors
   win semi-finals

• 9/16 Youngbloods Take Brooklyn
• 9/9 The Emperors of Queens
• 8/19 Cavaliers Win in Manhattan
• 8/12 Latinos Reclaim the Bronx

Classic Features
• Longball Competition
• The Teams
• People News
• 2000 Schedule

• 1999 Stickball Classic
• Stickball: discussion
• Stickball Home


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The Brooklyn Sym-phony Band "entertaining" fans and players with their unique "musical" style.
The 2000 New York City Stickball Classic

Curtis Sliwa displays one of many talents.
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Curtis Sliwa "Commissioner of Stickball" displays important skills to youngsters.

With Grand Central Station serving as the backdrop, the 2000 Stickball Classic made its grand finale. In a tight defensive struggle, the Bronx Emperors pulled out a 1-0 victory over the Latinos to claim the prize as this year's champions (see finals coverage).

The final event was composed of three distinct parts, the Longball Competition, the Junior Exhibition and the Championship Game. Still for the hundreds of spectators enjoying the beautiful fall day, watching the actual competetition was only part of the attraction. Activities on the field were embellished with the "unique" sounds of the Brooklyn Dodger Sym-phony band, the excitement of the New York City Cheerleaders and the humorous commentary of Curtis Sliwa rocking the mike. Add a fair dose of media coverage and you and have a full fledged extravaganza showcasing this quintessential NY sport.

Background about the Event

The Stickball Classic, which started back in 1993, has become something of a New York institution; a summer event showcasing the City's historic neighborhood-based game. Headed up by Curtis Sliwa the "Commissioner of Stickball," the contest brings in established teams and "makeshift clubs," as former players dust off their broomsticks to participate. The tournament is sponsored by the Daily News, Modells and Spalding. This year, local car dealerships also supported the borough-wide competitions.

Last year the tournament included a number of extremely competitive games (see 1999 coverage). The final game was a tough duel in which the Latinos defeated the Bronx Knights by one run.

The 2000 Stickball Classic Schedule:

Aug 9 Kickoff Event 1 Police Plaza NYC
Longball competition between NYC Fire and Police Departments
August 12 Bronx Competition Stickball Blvd Bronx
August 19 Manhattan Competition E 109th between 2nd and 3rd
Sept 9 Queens Competition 133rd Ave and Cross Bay Blvd
Sept 16 Brooklyn and Staten Island Competition Christopher Hoban Ballfield on 67th street and 6th Ave in Bay Ridge next to the Toyota dealership
Sept 23 Semi-Finals Stickball Blvd Bronx
Sept 30 - Finals Manhattan Vanderbilt Ave and 42nd Street

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