Fourth Street Bows to NY Emperors
(MANHATTAN, 9/18/1999) The Fourth Street Boys, are a great team of guys who've
maintained friendships even after moving out of the old neighborhood by
regularly getting together to play stickball through the years. They had
heart and spirit, but not enough experience in competitive play to defeat one
of the City's great Stickball Teams, the NY Emperors.
Fourth Street Boys
The Fourth Street Boys heard about the Stickball Classic through an ad in the
Daily News, but were too late to compete in the Manhattan event. Therefore,
they came out to Queens to compete and took the Queens championship in a tough
fought final game. The Emperors, still powered up after their recent
championship win in the Bronx Emperors Stickball League, are a veteran team.
They had lost in the Bronx Stickball Classic competition back in July, but
knowing about the Classic's Open Registration, had then gone to Staten Island
and taken that borough's championship.
The Fourth Street Boys took an early lead and looked tough, but the Emperor's
experience prevailed. They began smashing mighty drives against the high
arching walls surrounding the thin field of play on Vanderbilt Ave.
Balls ricocheted off the building bouncing fair and proving difficult to
field. The Fourth Street Boys were confused in the field and failed to cover
home adequately on several critical occassions.
Although they lost, it was a great entry by the Fourth Street Boys into NY's
Stickball competition. See you next year. For the NY Emperors, the Bronx
Knights should prove to be a tougher challenge.