Stickball Hall Of Fame Inducts 6 New Members

NEW YORK (July 12, 2013)--Fans of one of New York City's most famous urban sports honored their best players Friday at the Stickball Hall of Fame.

Six players were being inducted Friday, Hall of Fame President Carlos Diaz said.

They were selected by an executive committee of old-timers who have been following the sport since stickball’s heyday in the 1940s and '50s.

Stickball is like baseball but is played on city streets.

Players use broomsticks for bats and rubber balls instead of baseballs.

Hitters are allowed one chance to hit and the field of play is determined by street lamps, manhole covers and parked cars.

Diaz says 2,000 people play stickball competitively in leagues in New York, Florida, California, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Panama.

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