wkelly91 wrote:I vagely remember playing a game called running bases....you try to steal a base while two guys are tossing back and forth
we used to do that but we called it "pickle"
That is what we called it too.....
and we played a game called "rollie pollie"....where some one would hit the ball..and put the bat on the ground...and whoever caught the ball...(or chased it down... )....got to trow or roll the ball toward the bat...and if they hit it, then it was their turn to hit...
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Since, not all of my friends had gloves (hard to believe I know), we always just went to the school and played kickball with an ol beat up soccer ball we had. Sure it was baseball, but it was the best we could do.
Now the best I can do it play softball, I played for my command back when I was in the service. Good times!
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Our "league" had two "stadiums": Our backyard - "Coronado Field" and "Inca Stadium" which was the cul-de-sac a block up the street and all concrete. The house butting up to our "outfield" was built on a hill, so it had a semi circular concrete wall that slanted about 45 degrees, so you COULD making a running catch up the wall. Anything over the wall, in the air, was a HR.
We used whiffle balls of all shapes and sizes, including "cheat" balls. We had guys bringing balls covered in oil, drilled with extra holes, marbles inside, etc.
Duct tape was the standard repair kit for all balls and bats. If we lost any, we made new balls from newspaper and a crapload of duct tape.
Bats were whiffle, wood, aluminum, old pipes, broomsticks, tennis rackets,......anything.
Pegging the runner with the ball in any body part was acceptable. No steals as we usually didn't have a catcher.
We kept stats, schedules, and usually had 4-6 teams of 3-4 kids each. We played about 200 games a year. My best year (around age 12) I remember winning 60 games and hitting 90+ HRs and driving in over 200.
Pablo975 wrote:Yes, those were the days....I cracked up awhile back watching Chappelles Show. They did a skit about the weird habit kids have of yelling out there favorite players name when they emulate him.
We hit many a HR on that field yelling, "Canseco", Strawberry", "Mitchell", etc......
yeah i see little kids playing basketball and they are trying to shoot threes and they shout Ray Allen and they don't even come close to the rim, just trying to be like theyre role models
At the camp I used to go to, there were two great wiffle ball stadiums. The first one has history and it's quirks.
Fenway Park: In the "famous" one, there was a huge house in LF that was called the "Brown Monster" and anything hit on the roof was a HR. Homers in CF and RF just had to go a certain distance (older stadium). Thus, there were a lot of Juan Pierres going for the inside-the-park HR if they couldn't pull it to left. There was also a pipe sticking out of the ground between SS and 3B and a steel box in CF. I had a Miguel Tejada season (last year) that year - couldn't hit for crack the first half, then went bonkers the 2nd half. I finished 2nd in the group in HRs (a 6-3, 200LB 12 year old had close to a a 4.000 SLG, so you figure out what happened when he hit )
The Stadium The other field was supposed to be for the little kids, but I really liked it . It had a lower fence that was a decent distance away from the plate, so you can rob HR's at the wall. There were dugouts too . I remember in the one game I played there (I wanted to play more ), the wind really carried towards the OF (think Coors field). In that game, I went 3-3 w/ 3 HR's and I robbed a HR on defense (too bad I scraped my back