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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
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1999 Stickball Classic Finals

Elimination game
Bronx Knights 7
NY Emperors 4

Championship game
Latinos 3
Bronx Knights 2

(BRONX, 10/3/1999) Three teams, each linked to the Bronx, participated in today's finals. The Latinos won the Bronx competition and the right to represent the borough back in late July by defeating several teams including the Bronx Knights in a tough fought 4-3 game. The Bronx Knights were able to reach the finals by winning the Jersey City games in early September. Similarly, the Emperors, who had also been knocked out of the Bronx tournament, went on to take the Staten Island crown.

Two weeks ago these teams won their semi-final matches. The Latinos earned a bye in the first round of today's competition due to their tremendous 34-2 victory over the Brookfield Bombers. In today's first game, Jason Alvarez, this year's Stickball Classic Longball Winner, provided a home run and five RBIs to lead the Knights to a 7-4 victory over the Emperors. With this win, the Knights earned the right to enter the final game.

The Latinos
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The Latinos took the championship.
The competition between the Latinos and the Knights was as much of a grudge match as it was a battle for the championship. Passions were high and the team's captains engaged in several heated arguments over close plays and rule interpretations.

The Latinos scored all three runs in the first inning. The Knights then settled down defensively and were able to contain the hard hitting Latinos for the rest of the game. The Knights scored their first run in the fourth inning and the second in the bottom of the seventh. While the run scored, a close play at third base prompted a highly controversial call by Curtis Sliwa, the Stickball Commissioner. Sliwa overruled the third base umpire, declaring that Russell Carrasquillo had successfully slid under the tag and was safe. The enraged Latinos protested that Sliwa had no right to overrule the call and threatened to forfeit the game. Luckily, after a 20 minute screaming match, cooler heads prevailed and the game continued. However, the Knights were unable to take advantage of this opportunity, leaving Russell stranded on 3rd and allowing the Latinos to emerge victorious.

The conclusion of this year's Stickball Classic ends the competitive stickball season. There will be ball played throughout the fall and winter (these guys are serious players), but the competitions will be over until next year. To the players and fans - best wishes until the 2000 Stickball Season.
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