Stoop in DARE

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 26 20:12:13 UTC 2007

The tennis ball was always grey,without fuzz, and didn't wear out.
They eventually just disappeared, rolling into sewer openings, getting
hit (we also used them in a local game called "corkball," not related
to stickball, as per an earlier discussion; an actual corkball was the
cork center of a regulation baseball covered in leather, so that it
looked like an ordinary baseball, but was only the size of a golf
ball; it was made by Rawlings, not Spalding, and you couldn't play
stoop ball with one, any more than you could with a regulation
baseball) into the wrong neighbor's backyard, or simply just getting
lost. I can't remember when it was that I first saw a tennis ball
fresh out of the can (do new ones still come canned in sets of four?),
but I was certainly surprised to see that it was not only bright
white, but also all fuzzy! I don't know where our used tennis balls
came from. It was just that someone simply always had one or two. I
never gave it a second thought.


On 9/26/07, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
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> Subject:      Re: Stoop in DARE
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> At 9/25/2007 08:55 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> >I'm pretty sure that a "small, pink, rubber ball" called a "spaldeen"
> >/ "Spalding" or by any other name was unknown in Saint Louis.
> Are there any other regional reports?
> And Wilson, when you wore out the fuzz on your stoop tennis-ball,
> what did it turn into?
> Joel
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