NYC candidates take a whack at stickball in Brooklyn

New York City mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson talks to reporters after participating in a stickball challenge on Tuesday in Brooklyn. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Associated Press

Some candidates for mayor and other offices have taken a swing at a New York City tradition: trying to hit a rubber ball with a broomstick.

Several politicians participated in a stickball competition Tuesday in Brooklyn.

The candidates tried to hit the ball as far as they could, with Guardian Angels community safety group founder Curtis Sliwa (SLEE'-wah) pitching.

Among mayoral hopefuls, long-shot Democratic contender the Rev. Erick Salgado led with a 180-foot hit. He topped several Democratic, Republican and independent rivals.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hit 250 feet. Sliwa quipped that Diaz would be tested for performance-enhancing drugs.

Stickball is played on the streets of New York. The game took off around the turn of the 20th century. Its heyday was in the 1940s and '50s.

August 27, 2013 - 4:30pm



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