Rubber Ball

@inertia4 (27713)
United States
February 22, 2017 10:46am CST
Who remembers playing Stickball in the streets as a child? I remember it like it was yesterday. We played it on the sidewalk as well as in the street. And back then, in the 70’s I am talking about, the traffic wasn’t so bad. So, we were able to play like that in the city streets. Now, if they tried they would most likely get run over trying to play a game. The old days we had to improvise with playing in the streets. I grew up in Brooklyn and things here were different than the suburbs. We played Stickball and Stoop ball and many other games outside. I also remember hearing stories from my parents and my uncles how they used to play Stickball in the streets when they were kids. And when they were young, there was much less traffic than when I was small. They also played stoop ball. We had a great time in those days. No computers, no smartphones, no internet. We had pure imagination to create ideas and games. We entertained ourselves every single day. I’m not knocking technology, I love it, but it does sort of take some of that raw innocence and innovation away from playing in the streets. But I do believe that anyone, when they’re young, feels that special feeling of doing things for the first time. That innocence. We look back on those days now saying they were magical or wonderful. And we sometimes try to compare our childhood to the younger generation. But in reality, they are all the same. They all feel those same things. Our childhood is just our memories. And the kids today are building their memories. And I see nothing wrong with looking back from time to time. I think that keeps us young. It was amazing how many hours a simple rubber ball gave us. I had a box full of those Spalding rubber balls. I always walked around with at least two of them at all times back then. Because we were always playing ball of some kind. Whether it be stickball, stoopball, box ball, whatever. Those rubber balls were our social circle. it was almost like that rubber ball was the plant and we kids revolved around it. LOL. Nice!!! I thought that sounded good. I am sure you all have some kind of a memory that involved stickball or some game that you played with a rubber ball. Copyright © 2015 Steven Cetta All Rights Reserved TAGS: inertia4, Stickball, Rubber, Ball, inertia4posts Image Credit: CoolText.com
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• China
23 Feb 17
The game I liked best was playing rubber ball when I was a kid .I clearly remember the excitement as I got my first rubber ball .What kids play varies according to times.Nowadays most kids are addicted to playing video game or their eyes are glued to the smartphone .
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
23 Feb 17
I know what you mean. But I look at it like, if I had the technology we have now back then, I would probably be addicted to it myself. But I don't regret anything from my past growing up. I had loads of fun.
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• China
24 Feb 17
@inertia4 I agree with you.I would do it as today's kids do.What I want to say is that some kids spend so much time on video game that have less time to play the good games.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
24 Feb 17
@changjiangzhibin89 I agree. They should get out more and do more actual activities. Not that they all spend countless hours online or gaming, but they need more physical activity for sure.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
23 Feb 17
I never played anything like that, I did bike all over though, lived on 200 odd acres of county park
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
23 Feb 17
I rode my bike a lot also. I was crazy on my bike though. I made many people nervous. Jumping ramps and just racing my friends. I even made one of my friend fall off his bike by passing him too fast. I don't know how I am still alive right now. LOL.
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@jstory07 (69054)
• Roseburg, Oregon
23 Feb 17
@inertia4 You do nt see that many kids just riding their bikes anymore. I used to do that for hours.
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• Centralia, Missouri
23 Feb 17
@jstory07 yeah, certainly not for the fun of riding
@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Feb 17
We played Whiffleball. And Nerf Football.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
23 Feb 17
I remember Whiffleball as well. I also played softball and did many other things. Like jumping ramps with my bike. Those days were fun.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
23 Feb 17
@inertia4 - We made a lot of dangerous bike ramps. Skateboard ramps too!
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
23 Feb 17
@teamfreak16 I guess we were just crazy as kids. But we had fun.
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@TheSojourner (17310)
• United States
22 Feb 17
A rope and a chair, and we played a variety of things where we took someone prisoner. ROFLMAO I have to wonder how this simple childhood game sparked thoughts of other games years later. The rest of this thought is not acceptable for most to hear.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
22 Feb 17
Well, you should say it anyway. We are all adults. LOL. Yeah, life seemed simple then. Much more easy. Even though things are easier now due to technology.
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• United States
22 Feb 17
@inertia4 and some of these adults around here are prudes
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
22 Feb 17
@CoralLevang Well, you can always message me or email me. LOL. Hey Now!!! I am no prude and I don't get offended.
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@jhechorain (1218)
• Susanville, California
22 Feb 17
You're talking about before I was born! The simplicity of life then though and even when I was younger compared to now. It's amazing really.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
22 Feb 17
I am basically talking about the late 60's and 70's. By the late 70's i was doing many other kinds of things.
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@kumbarn14 (711)
• Pakistan
22 Feb 17
It is a true picture, I played "rounders" with a rubber ball. Today, this game is named Baseball. I played this game with my younger brother, elder sister and neighbors - age group 10 - 12 years in the same style like baseball. We had big stones placed in each point but the ball was thrown from the center to bat. This was the only difference. Have a nice day
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
22 Feb 17
See, playing with a rubber ball is a world wide thing. And it gave us all countless hours of enjoyment.
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@just4him (123760)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
1 Mar 17
I never played those games as a kid. I am old enough to know what they are, but nobody played it where I lived. I did however spend most of the daylight hours outside in some activity or other. It was a different world than it is today. A world without technology. It almost sounds like bliss. Almost. Today I need my computer.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
1 Mar 17
I love technology also. I always did even back then. I always had my stereo equipment and my boom box radios. I even had a CB for my car and my house as well as cordless phones. But you're right, we spend countless hours outside doing something or other. And we were always full of energy and always got tired at night. Something many kids just don't do anymore.
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@just4him (123760)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
1 Mar 17
@inertia4 No they don't. They are up until all hours playing video games. No exercise in that, no imagination either.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
2 Mar 17
@just4him I know. Kids do need to get outside more and explore the world around them. I totally agree.
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@lokisdad (4265)
• United States
8 Mar 17
Izzy has a lot of the same memories she didn't play in the street but that is how she describes some of the memories of other kids and she said they used to get wet in hydrant when the sprinklers weren't on but more traffic more people more technology less people in the street
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
8 Mar 17
Yeah, thing do change. Same here, way too much traffic and no one ever opens the hydrants anymore. No kids playing in the streets either like it used to be. I find it somewhat strange.
• United States
1 Mar 17
We played in the street, too. We did play some whiffle ball but also touch football. We have very little traffic in our neighborhood.It was a lot simpler back then.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
2 Mar 17
Yes it was. And I liked the way the traffic was lighter than it is now. Brooklyn has changed so much since the 70's. I hardly recognize it anymore.
@KrauseHome (35529)
• United States
28 Feb 17
The 70s was a great time. We had things a lot easier back then than things are now. We played this and Dodge ball all the time.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
1 Mar 17
The 70's were a great time. I mainly grew up in the 70's. And the 80's were my prime time. I don't really remember much about the 60's, since I was small back then.
@PatZAnthony (12863)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
26 Feb 17
Stickball? No, we did not do that. Maybe it is a regional thing? We were usually outside doing something though. Things were certainly different than they are today.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
28 Feb 17
Yes they were different back then. Maybe stickball is something from NYC. Like stoop ball and some other games. But either way, we always had fun.
@jstory07 (69054)
• Roseburg, Oregon
23 Feb 17
I played jump rope and jacks and had chalk to draw on the sidewalks with. It was great fun.. We played hide and seek until it got dark in the summer.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
24 Feb 17
I remember those things also. I played with chalk also. We had that innocence. We had the world in our hands. And our whole life ahead of us. And we never thought we would be living in an america that we are now living in.
• United States
1 Mar 17
I grew up in the Bronx and we played stick ball in the Mott Haven projects. I would, sometimes, strike out. (Smile)
28 Feb 17
i miss those days!