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1999 NYC Stickball Classic
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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

The New York Emperors

The Emperors
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The New York Emperors
The NY Emperors are one of the best known stickball teams in the nation. Part of it is because they've fielded a great team year after year. Part of it is because they share the same name as the Emperor Stickball League, Bronx's recent contribution to the game. Captain Tony "Choochoo" Herrera explained how the league was born.

"We started back in 1985. Lots of the guys were regular paddle ball players. Little Manny came around and got me, Frankie Calderon, Frankie Sancehz and some of the other guys into playing stickball and then involved in founding the league."

At one point the League had 13 teams (six are remaining). Unlike the E. Harlem league, in the Bronx, they play fungo like they do in the Classic, but allow only one swing. The regular schedule calls for 30 games, which involve Sunday double headers from April through August. There is also a Memorial Weekend Invitational tournament and on Labor Day, and a tournament down in Florida. A total of sixteen teams from Florida, Puerto Rico and New York will show up to play.

Although their name is not as widely known, this year the Latin Dukes are giving the Emperors a run for the money. The Dukes are curently in first place and eliminated the Emperors from today's Bronx competition with a 6-4 victory in the first game of the day.

These guys are our rivals, so you hate losing to them said Pete, one of the team's veterans. Hey, but no one wins all the time. We'll be back playing tomorrow."
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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