stick·​ball | \ ˈstik-ˌbȯl How to pronounce stickball (audio) \

Definition of stickball

: baseball adapted for play in streets or small areas and using a broomstick and a lightweight ball

Examples of stickball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The son of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Mr. Patricof grew up playing stickball with broom handles on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and nursed early dreams of a future in finance. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, 6 May 2022 This text, also deep inside the dark zone, documents a ritually important game of stickball. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2022 Instead of in a baseball field, stickball is played in the city streets. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2022 A dozen teams from as far as New York and Miami convened in San Diego this weekend for a tournament of stickball, a tradition rooted in the northeastern U.S. that found its way here decades ago. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2022 The majority of league members grew up playing stickball in the five boroughs of New York. Alex Kushel,, 5 Nov. 2021 The stickball participants meet to play in Coconut Creek on Saturday and in Boynton Beach on Sunday. Alex Kushel,, 29 Apr. 2021 Ng's interest in baseball began while playing stickball in the street as a child growing up in Queens, New York. Clare Duffy, CNN, 27 Sep. 2021 Valencia Reserve has won league championships in each sport, including golf, stickball, softball, bowling, tennis and pickleball. Alex Kushel,, 18 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of stickball

1878, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2022

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“Stickball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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