One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorth American
An informal game played with a stick and a ball, derived from the rules of baseball or lacrosse.
- ‘There really has to be a serious effort in that inner city to get the kids to play today, because there's no more stickball, there's no more throwing it against the steps.’
- ‘That meant I played ball in the lots, swung a broomstick in a stickball game, shot baskets in the school yard until dark and starred in hide and seek because I could run fast.’
- ‘You might as well try to get up a game of stickball on Beekman Place.’
- ‘Alas - unlike Mort, he hadn't been weaned on stickball, and I was fairly sure he would be even more unnerved at the plate than in the field.’
- ‘In the summer there were barbecues and endless games of hide-and-seek and stickball.’
- ‘You can't go down the street and play golf like you can go shoot hoops or play stickball or street hockey.’
- ‘We played great games of stickball, punch ball and three man basketball on snowy playgrounds when I was a kid without an adult in sight.’
- ‘Gone are the youth centers, city public parks, outdoor basketball courts, or empty lots where kids can play stickball.’
- ‘One day Thomas went out to play stickball with some of the other boys.’
- ‘Fortunately my older brother pointed it out between innings of stickball and my academic career was saved.’
- ‘Even baseball has been translated into an urban street sport with stickball.’
- ‘Oscar's three children grew up knowing nothing of stickball in the streets or kerosene in the hair.’
- ‘When you live in New York you meet very few true New Yorkers, so there's something rewarding about getting to see the consistency of New York experiences, from stickball to Central Park.’
- ‘Some, especially those written for a pre-teen audience, recount happy memories, playing stickball in the vacant lot and bubblegum-blowing contests.’
- ‘Old people roam the streets at night, even playing stickball on street corners with members of the constabulary.’
- ‘I always think of him playing stickball with the kids of New York after a major league game.’
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