Stickball has been played in the streets of New York City since the early 1920’s and is known as “the poor man’s baseball.” Stickball is the ultimate in improvising much with very little. Up until the 1960’s, hydrants, cars and sometimes old men sunning in chairs were bases. During that time, many ethnic communities that would fight each other any other day of the week, would compete on the stickball field on Sundays. Stickball brought people together that would've never otherwise met.
"Bragging Rights: Stickball Stories" chronicles how the New York City game of stickball has developed leadership, healed racial tension and created lifelong friendships throughout its long and vibrant history.