I was about 8 in the 1950s when I played stoopball, boxball
, hit the penny, kings, Chinese handball, punchball and stickball with my friends in a neighborhood now called Sunset Park in Brooklyn, N.
Pastime game of the younger generation: sneak out of file house to play a game of patsy, prisoner's base, boxball
, cat and stick marbles, follow the leader, handball, hopscotch .
They gave the game its name, a name that rolls off the tongue much more smoothly than boxball