The "Stickball Originals" Series – Part 3

In the next Sickball Originals series we’re introduced to Kenny Lowman himself. In addition to his contribution to our website, he also contributed to Braggin Rights which was produced by our very own Sonia Gonzalez.

Kenny Lowman

I started to learn how to play real stickball from the Jackson Knights at PS51 in the Bronx around 1951. Around 1953, some of the other players and myself started a team called the Tigers. We lost more games than we won at first, but by the middle of 1955 and with some new players, we had gotten pretty good. The next year we were beating all the south Bronx teams including the Knights. We were also playing against the Pleasant Avenue and Mott Street teams in Manhattan. The Tigers broke up in 1958.

By 1960, most of the south Bronx teams were gone, but from them came a hard core of stickball players who still wanted to play. On weekends, we got together at PS51 or PS60. We had the only players in south Bronx capable of fielding a team that could compete with the Pleasant Avenue and Mott Street teams. We had some terrific games against them. They were good, but so were we. These games drew over 200 people from all over the city to watch. It was better than going to the Yankee stadium. We had the following players: Push-Push, Ralphie Tirado, Chibie, Junior, Poppy, Wally, Bouncer, Me-Me, Orlando, Kenny (me) and some others. I was an average hitter, but a very good outfielder. I covered a lot of ground and if I got a hand on the ball, it was caught.

I stopped playing at the end of 1962, but continued to watch the games until 1967 when a house in New Jersey and a family took up most of the week-ends. I got a degree in Electrical Engineering from CCNY in 1958 and worked for 40 years as an Engineer/Manager. I am retired and live on Cape Cod in Massachusetts where I have been for the last eleven years.
 

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"I tell people not to let that picture fool you. I was a real stickball player, dressed like one,
looked like one, played like one and even cursed like one. "