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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

Knights victorious in battle between classic teams

Final score
Bronx Knights 3
Bronx Old-Timers 2
(MANHATTAN, 9/18/1999) It was the last game in a long day of stickball at this mid-town Manhattan field. The Bronx Knights, champions of New Jersey, were up against the Bronx Old-Timers, a team made up of a few great young players and a bunch old-time players, now in the Stickball Hall of Fame. The Old Timers had defeated the Clean Machine earlier in the day to win the Manhattan championship.

Pinball stickball
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"Pinball" stickball
It was stickball at its finest, played by two veteran teams and the Knights emerged with a hard fought 3-2 win. The relatively low score reflected the veterans ability to cope with the crazy field (Vanderbilt Ave), and play what Curtis Sliwa described as "pinball" stickball. The right side was blocked off by a portable construction unit, that created sharp rebounds out of low line drives, but the left side, bordered by tremendous walls with scaffolding, created some truly unique opportunities. Many shots hit high and to left, ricochetted with crazy angles back into play. By the time the player had any chance grabbing the ball, the runner could be around second base. In addition, deep high flies were tough to spot off the skyscrapers behind home plate. Put it together and playing the outfield was a real adventure.

Sliding in under the tag
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Sliding in under the tag
After falling behind in the second inning 2-0 the Knights settled in scored three unanswered runs for the win. The Knights will advance to the finals to play the Emperors, with the winner facing the Latinos for the 1999 Stickball Classic Championship.

Previous coverage of the Bronx Knights

Previous coverage of the Old-Timers

Previous coverage of the Clean Machine
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