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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 Caledonia Old-Timers

The Caledonia Old-Timers
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The Caledonia Old-Timers
By losing to the Fourth Street Boys 22-3, the Caledonia Old-Timers gained the distinction of being on the short end of the stick in the most lopsided game of this year's Stickball Classic. However, this game wasn't really about the competition. It was more of a celebration of comradery and appreciation of this urban sport.

True to their name, the Caledonia Old-Timers are composed of players, all 60 years and up. But don't let the senior image fool you, these are ball players. They meet several times a week for a pick-up game of softball and some of the guys play an additional two days a week in the Long Island Senior Softball League. The players often reminisce about growing up in NY and playing stickball and other street games. When Billy Barrett read in the Daily News about the upcoming Queens Stickball Classic, he decided to field a team.

It wasn't pretty. The Fourth Street Boys took a ten run lead within the first two innings. But to their credit, the Caledonia Old-Timers got better as the game progressed. Players admitted that it had been about 35 years or more since they'd played stickball. One admitted "perhaps we needed a little practice."

According to Barrett, today's game will not be the last stickball game for the old-timers. "We really connected with the guys on the other team. In fact, we agreed to bring a group of old-timers down to play a pickup game of stickball with the Fourth Street Boys one day later in the summer. Also when I told the guys in the league about the game, most of them asked if there were any remaining events that they could participate in. Watch out, because next year we plan to field a few teams."

Guys - we look forward to your return.
Queens event coverage

Essay: The Caledonia Old-Timers
Essay: Family values
Essay: Positively Fourth Street

Photo gallery: Longball competition
Photo gallery: Classic characters
Photo gallery: Three teams

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