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Growing up in Memphis in the 50s there was a game called 'cork' that we kids used to have fun playing. It was played somewhat like baseball only there was no running to bases. The only equipment used to play this game was a cork wrapped with electrical tape, a broomstick used to bat, and markers for singles, doubles, triples, and homers. It was played with two or three man teams. The object of the defending team was to get all the players who were batting out by striking or fouling out. A pitch to a batter who swung and missed and the cork was caught by the catcher ruled that batter out. A pitch hit that didn't pass the 1st base marked was ruled out. The team a bat would try to hit as many pitches past the markers to score runs. ie, a hit past the triple marker would require a hit past the single marker to score a run. Three innings were played and the team leading in runs after 3 innings won the game. Like I said the game was quite popular all over the city of Memphis back then but I guess it just died out when all the empty lots got filled with buildings. I think Memphis was the only city that game was played in because after I joined the AF in 1955 no one ever heard of it. Just curious. Any old timers from Memphis remember that game?
Posted:Feb 12, 2009
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