1999 New York Stickball Classic kickoff
(MANHATTAN, 6/29/1999) The 1999 Stickball Classic commenced today with a
kick-off (perhaps better described as a "hit-off") at Police Plaza in
Manhattan. A number local baseball heroes stepped up to the plate to take a
cut, including Joe Torre, Willie Randolph, Art Shamsky, Ed Charles and Bobby
Thomson. There was also a stickball competition between the NYC Police
Department and the NYC Fire Department.
The Stickball Classic has been around for several years, but 1999 is clearly
special, marked by the return of the "spaldeen," a fondly remembered product.
Throughout the summer competitions will be held in each of the boroughs. The
finalists will then meet in September and play to determine which team, and
borough, will be this year's champ. The Stickball Classic is being sponsored by
Spalding, Modell's, The Daily News and WABC radio. Curtis Sliwa of the
Guardian Angels and WABC is the Stickball Commissioner.
The members of the Fire Department were the big stars at this year's event,
winning in the distance competition. The Police Department finished second,
and if we had been measuring, the former pro ball players would have finished
Streetplay provided live
coverage for the event, as we will for many of the weeks coming up. Prizes
will also be given out to winners of the "Streetplay Replay - Blast from
the Past" for great stickball stories.