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Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Sat Mar 17 13:09:17 UTC 2012

On 3/17/12 12:32 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> On Mar 16, 2012, at 10:27 PM, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC wrote:
>>>> We played kickball at Chevy Chase elementary in Toonerville
>>>> (Atwater district, Los Angeles) in the late 1940s -- rules similar
>>>> to softball, as modified by circumstances,
>>> In all the versions of kickball I remember playing (early-mid 1950s,
>>> NYC), you can retire a runner by hitting them with the ball (between
>>> bases).  Such throws are frowned upon in softball.
>> When you played pickup games of kickball, soft/baseball, and other games with base runner, and you didn't have enough people, did you use "ghost runners"?
> We certainly did, sometimes even allowing two or three ghost runners (bases loaded with ghosts).  I'd forgotten that.

Likewise. And, if you'd asked me what happened in kickball if you didn't
have enough players, I would have hemmed and hawed. But the simple
phrase "ghost runner" brings it all back.

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