WARWICK — Every borough of New York City has its own rules for stickball. In Warwick Grove, they have a few of their own. Nobody runs bases, everyone avoids injuries, and no one is too old to feel like a kid for an afternoon.
Take Gene Maloney. He was the league's MVP the first year out. He's 83.
Warwick Grove is a 55-and-up community, where Ron Genovese, 69, moved almost four years ago. As the neighborhood grew, he got to thinking. Then he got to talking with his friend Ted Kastanis, 71.
"He came from Brooklyn. I came from Manhattan," Genovese said. "I says, 'How did you play?' He says, 'How did you play?' Then I went and bought three stickball bats."
Genovese never would have bought a stickball bat as a kid. He would have stolen one or nabbed an old broomstick and sliced it down to size.
Read all of Meghan Murphy's story in the Times Herald-Record.