What ever happened to the day when children could quickly organize themselves into fun activities that did not require technology or any expensive apparatus? Does anyone remember playing freeze tag, Annie over, red light green light, red rover, kick the can, whiffle ball, kick ball, hotbox or Simon Says?
What about sand lot baseball? There was a time in the mid 1960’s when there was always a baseball field on a vacant lot in Turner Addition or around Sunset Circle. When a house would go up we would just move to the next available lot. One of the aspects I remember most is how we would choose teams. Two guys would be in charge of choosing the teams. They would usually be the two who were widely accepted as the best players and they would be the captains. One of the captains would toss a baseball bat to the other. The second player would catch it and the two would then take turns putting fist over fist until someone could grip the end of the bat. Finally, once the end of the bat was gripped the player would have to throw it 10 feet back over their head in order to get first choice.
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