NYC candidates take a whack at stickball in Brooklyn

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.