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Re: Stick ball at P.S 217


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Posted by Matty from Flatbush on Friday, November 17th 2017:

In Reply to: Stick ball at P.S 217 posted by steve on Thursday, November 16th 2017:

I posted this some time ago here or on Facebook so here it is.
I played stickball at PS 217 from about 1960 to the mid 70s in the smaller schoolyard facing Westminster Road. That schoolyard is no longer there because they built an annex. It was between Newkirk and Foster. It was either one-on-one or two-on-two. No running. Fast pitching with the preferred Pensie Pinkie, throwing it against a chalked up strike zone. If the ball came back with chalk on it, it was a strike. Sometimes we had an extra guy call balls and strikes. A single was a hit that got past the pitcher's line and reached the back fence or a side fence past the foul line. A double was a ball that hit the back fence along Westminster Road on a fly or just over the fence on the sidewalk but not the gutter. A triple was a ball that landed on the Westminster Road gutter. A home run was a ball that landed on the other side of Westminster Road. The main building across Westminster was 615, a 6-story apartment building. The best hitter there was Harvey Kolonko, who later became a police officer. He regularly hit monster shots way over the roof of 615 Westminster.

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