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Finals (10/3/99)

• Finals coverage
• Photo galleries: 1 | 2 | 3

Semi-finals (9/18/99)

• Semi-final coverage
• 4th Str. vs. Emperors
• Latinos vs. Bombers
• Knights vs. Old-Timers

Staten Island (9/11/99)

• Staten Island event overview

New Jersey (8/28/99)

• NJ event overview

Queens (8/7/99)

• Queens event coverage
• Essay: Caledonia Old-Timers
• Essay: Family values
• Essay: Positively Fourth Street
• Photo galleries: 1 | 2 | 3

Bronx (7/24/99)

• Bronx event coverage
• The Latinos, Bronx champions
• Longball contest
• Einstein's team
• The Emperors
• Curtis Sliwa speaks
• Photo galleries: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Manhattan (7/17/99)

• Manhattan event coverage
• Longball contest
• The Clean Machine
• The Bronx Old Timers
• Photo galleries: 1 | 2 | 3

Brooklyn (7/10/99)

• Brooklyn event coverage
• Photo galleries: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Event kickoff (6/29/99)

• Kickoff coverage
• Photo galleries: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Is there a doctor in the house?

The winning run
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The winning run
One of the best things about the Stickball Classic is that anyone can field a team. If you have between six and ten players, $50 and the desire to play, you're in. Today the AECOM boys (Albert Einstein College of Medicine) showed that a team could walk in, have a good time, and achieve some success as well.

The AECOM boys were clearly not "ringers." Most of the guys hadn't played in 15 years. Medical student Challie Weaver never played (though he did have respectable baseball credentials). So what brought them here?

According to Joe Dappalito the team captain, "We heard about the Stickball Classic in the paper and thought it would be great to come down. We spent the last week practicing by playing whiffle ball at lunchtime. This was the first time we ever played together as a team."

Stickball aficionados will not be impressed by whiffle ball practice. However, whether it was their enthusiasm or just beginner's luck, the AECOM boys won their first game by defeating the Bronx Bombers 5-1.

The joy of victory, was tempered early in the second game. The AECOM boys were no match for the Bronx Knights, a group of savvy stickball veterans, who quickly took a commanding lead. Curtis Sliwa, had a field day announcing the game, referring to the AECOM Boys as "Braniacs" (perhaps due to the Einstein name) and ascribing a medical profession to each of the players. Fans were treated to Sliwa's comments about the proctologists, brain surgeons, etc., though most of the players were actually plumbers and electricians. Sliwa implored the team to surrender as the score became increasingly lopsided, but the AECOM Boys played the full game and took their 15-0 beating in stride.

"We had a great time," said Marc Scuola. "I think we'll be back next year."

We hope so.
Bronx event coverage

Story: Longball competition
Close-up: The Latinos, Bronx champions
Essay: Einstein's team
Essay: The Emperors
Essay: Curtis Sliwa speaks

Photo gallery: Batters up
Photo gallery: In the field
Photo gallery: The teams
Photo gallery: The fans

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