1999 Stickball Classic semi-finals
(MANHATTAN, 9/18/1999) While areas a bit north and west of the City were still
reeling from the after-affects of Hurricane Floyd, the main impact today in
NYC was clean, clear skies. The weather was perfect for the six teams that
participated in the Stickball Classic's Semi-Finals. Three teams, each based
in the Bronx advanced.
This might seem odd, but understand that while each borough had a team
representing them, the borough championships were open events in which teams from
anywhere could participate. For example, the Queens competition had 5
entrants including a team from Long Island and another from Manhattan. The
result of these open events meant that a Manhattan team represented Queens, a
Staten Island team represented Brooklyn, a Bronx Team represented Staten
Island, etc. "Go figure." However you slice and dice it, three great Bronx
based teams, the NY Emperors, the Bronx Knights and the Latinos
made it through today's games and will soon battle for the championship.