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Streetplay stickball: Section guide

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Welcome to a great tradition

Young Devils - Spanish Harlem 1940s/early 50s Click for bigger picture
Young Devils in Spanish Harlem during the late 1940s/early 50s
Of all the games that rose from the streets of the City, none carry more mystique and legend than stickball. Adapted from and closely linked to baseball, stickball, transformed the urban landscape into a dramatic stage where great competitions were played, remembered and retold. No game could be more local. Your street became the ballfield. Lamp posts, car doors and manhole covers were recast into bases. Your neighborhood was the stadium and your neighbors were the fans, adding commentary from field level seats (the building stoops) or from windows and fire escapes that comprised the "upper decks."

The actual Stickball Hall of Fame is located at the Museum for the City of New York. Here, we present the virtual museum, telling the story of the athletes and teams honored. In addition to focusing on the players and games, we also allow ourselves to stray a bit into side stories about the neighborhoods that were part of this tradition.

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John Stephens at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival stickball game July 2001 Click for bigger picture
John Stephens at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival stickball game, July 2001
If you have a story or photograph of a player honored in the Hall, please let us know. We also encourage you to contact us if you want to nominate someone for membership.

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