from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A game patterned on baseball in which a player throws a ball against a stoop or wall and the number of bounces indicates the bases reached.

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  • n. A game played by bounding a ball off a step or stoop


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  • Riding our bikes, playing stoopball or jumping rope on the sidewalk, we knew, without thinking too much about it, that we were safe.

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  • Our house was a traditional skinny and long two-story attached home with a brick front stoop, perfect for stoopball.


  • America was a baseball nation, where millions of kids played in thousands of leagues and where games derived from the national pastime—stickball, kickball, stoopball, wallball—deepened childhood ties to the sport.


  • Instead of the poker games and stoopball of my childhood in Brooklyn.


  • Plus all the city-street variations of baseball: stickball, punchball, stoopball, curb ball and baseball-off-the-wall.

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  • The ball is huge, like a pink rubber stoopball or Spaldeen, except usually blue.

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  • We played punch-ball, stoopball, stickball, and harmonicas and kazoos.

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  • I'd play stoopball and stickball with other boys on the block and play it well, but I was reluctant to play baseball with or under the direction of my father.


  • Living in Bensonhurst during the Great Depression, he played all the usual street games - stickball, stoopball, punchball, boxball.

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  • As for no equipment needed and a sport that can be -- and is -- played anywhere, basketball would fit that bill, as would sandlot pick up game iterations of baseball, such as stickball, stoopball, softball, etc.



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