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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

Positively Fourth Street

Fourth Street Boys
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Queens champions, the Fourth Street Boys
So the Fourth Street Boys, a team from Manhattan, will be representing the borough of Queens in the Stickball Classic. Who are these guys? How did they come to hear about the games?

It seems that many of the Fourth Street Boys grew up together on the lower East Side of NY. They are a close knit group. Eddie Molina, the third baseman and co-captain commented "To tell you the truth," he said "I consider the team members my family."

According to Jim Bonilla, the team's other captain. "Although some of us moved out of the neighborhood, we would still regularly get together on Sunday's for stickball. But in the last couple of years, we haven't played. That's why I knew we had to enter the Stickball Classic."

Bonilla saw an ad for the tournament in the Daily News, the day before the Manhattan competition. "I spoke to Curtis and he suggested that if we couldn't make the Manhattan date, that we consider coming to one of the upcoming events. We choose August 7 in Queens."

The team has never before competed in a tournament, though you'd never know that from their quality of play. The Fourth Street Boys trounced the Old-Timers in the day's opener and then decisively defeated the Woodside Boys in the second game. By the time they were to play the Generators, some of the players showed the strain of the games and heat. However, the team pulled together, playing tough defense and won 3-2 in a tight game on the narrower of the two fields. The players were generous in their praise for the opponents.

The crowd watching the event was obviously cheering for the local team and Curtis Sliwa was tough on the visitors, calling them "carpetbaggers." But the positive spirit displayed by Fourth Street won them some admirers, including Billy Barrett, the captain for the Old-Timers. Barrett said "These guys are really gentlemen. We are going to go down to their neighborhood and play a choose up game sometime this summer. It was a pleasure to meet them."

Barrett rooted for his former adversaries in the finals. Residents of Queens can feel good about these guys representing the borough in the Classic's city-wide finals in September.
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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