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Re: Spaldeen not spalding


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Posted by Matty from Flatbush on Sunday, March 20th 2022:

In Reply to: Re: Spaldeen not spalding posted by steve on Saturday, March 19th 2022:

I would either get spaldeen's and pinkies from Morty and Eddie's too, or at Carl and Benny's at Newkirk and Westminster. Later an Italian family with about 3 sons a few years apart that all looked alike took over that store. I don't remember 10 chalked boxes, maybe there was just room enough for about 3 or four and you couldn't have more than two stickball games going on at a time. Harvey Kolonko hit some of the farthest shots I ever saw. It was routine for him to hit them on or over the roof of the apartment building on Westminster - 615 Westminster. I played stickball there from about 1960 and even into the early '70s when a friend and me would come by just to play a game of stickball even though we no longer lived in the area.

Just a point of reference, does anyone remember the family that lived in the private house next to 615 Westminster? Their name was Dirken. I had one friend who lived on the first floor of 615 and a couple of friends were walking on the ledge between 615 and the Dirken house to goof on the one who lived there, when Jimmy Dirken suddenly hit one of my friends in the face with a big monkey wrench and broke a bunch of his bones. I think the Dirken's also lost another son when he cast a fishing rod on the third rail of the Newkirk Avenue station.

Reference ID: BK96846



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