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    Who would you play stickball in the streets with?

    I'm currently reading "Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend" by James S. Hirsch, and it's a fantastic book. In it, Hirsch writes about how Willie, even into his mid to late 20s, would play stickball in the streets of Harlem with neighboorhood kids, would take them to get sodas, and was really just one of the guys. How freaking cool is that? Here's this phenom, a guy that's been on the cover of Time magazine and is developing into a cultural icon, and you're playing ball with him in the street and going to the convenience store with him.

    What ballplayer from the past or present would you most want to spend a day with playing stickball and drinking sodas?

    I'm going to give a Reds player, and a non-Reds player. Reds player: Barry Larkin. He was how I identified with this ballclub throughout my youth. Barry Larkin was the Reds, from the day I was born until I was a sophomore in college. Hanging out with him on a personal level would be way too cool.

    Non-Reds division: Reggie Jackson. Sure, he was one of the biggest asses you could ever meet in your life. Arrogrant, brash, cocky. But I'd love to hear stories about George, Billy, Charles Finley, and all the other insane characters this guy shared a baseball career with. Not to mention, he was quite the character himself.

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    Re: Who would you play stickball in the streets with?

    Red - Joe Nuxhall

    Non Red - Mickey Mantle
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    Re: Who would you play stickball in the streets with?

    My non-Red would definitely be Babe Ruth. Picking a Reds player is more difficult, for various reasons. I'll second an earlier choice and go with Joe Nuxhall.
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    Re: Who would you play stickball in the streets with?

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN INDY View Post
    Non Red - Mickey Mantle
    You're not drinking *sodas* with that guy, are you?
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    Re: Who would you play stickball in the streets with?

    RED - Johnny Bench or Dave Concepcion

    Non-Red - Ernie Banks or Roberto Clemente
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    Red - Pete.

    Non-Red - Buck O'Neil.

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    Re: Who would you play stickball in the streets with?

    Red - Griffey Jr.

    Non-Red - Josh Gibson

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    Re: Who would you play stickball in the streets with?

    Quote Originally Posted by *BaseClogger* View Post
    You're not drinking *sodas* with that guy, are you?
    Sure, while playing stickball. Afterwards, who knows?
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    Re: Who would you play stickball in the streets with?

    Non Red ---Ruth...Ive always been fascinated by his career and if we were playing stick ball one on one in the streets, he is one of the few MLB players who probally couldn't catch me. Gehrig would be another choice.

    Red....Tough one but I would go with either Sparky or Edd Roush. I loved JB as a player but no way would I want to spend an entire day with him.
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    Re: Who would you play stickball in the streets with?

    For the Reds player, I would probably take Rose. I would want someone who played during my youth, so I would be considering Reds from the 60s and 70s when I idolized players. I don't respect Pete as a person but he would have a lot of stories to tell. I agree with George Anderson-while I loved Bench as a player I don't know that I enjoy spending a day with Bench, or with Joe Morgan either. Tony Perez would be a possibility.
    For the non-Red I would probably opt for Ted Williams.
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    Re: Who would you play stickball in the streets with?

    Reds: George Foster - my favorite Reds player growing up

    Non Reds : Nolan Ryan- I'm sure the guy could throw it by you even in stick ball

    Non Baseball (okay I added this one) : Sylvester Stallone- Always loved the stickball scene in Rocky 2 !

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    Re: Who would you play stickball in the streets with?

    Red: Sean Casey - He always just seemed to be someone who really enjoyed playing the game of baseball; less work more play.

    Non-Red: Ruth. Easy. A professional clown who also just happened to know how to hit a baseball.
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    Re: Who would you play stickball in the streets with?

    Babe Ruth.

    But I'm surprised that no one has said John Olerud yet.
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    Re: Who would you play stickball in the streets with?

    Non-red - Satchel Paige - "Maybe I'll Pitch Forever" was the first baseball book I ever read.

    Red - Big Doggie. Tony Perez was always my favorite Red.


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