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The Cork Game Answered

Has anyone ever played a game involving corks, string, a plunger head, and dice? Just curious if I'm the only one. I don't think it has a name, but who knows.



3 years ago

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?

I played this game as a kid too - and have played it over the years. Just showed the girls in my game club and they loved it. Because the corks broke pretty often, I made my last game with wooden beads from a craft store. Did you play that you plunge when the roller of the dice gets a 7 or 11? I changed it a few years back to add doubles also. It's such a fun homemade game. Are you from Ohio? Maybe we're related.

Yes. plunge on 7 or 11. I've got the I'ble on it written, just need to take some photos! My mother's side is from Ohio, but the game came from my Dad's side (Southern California).

I've subscribed to you, just to get an alert when you publish the game.

Haha. everyone has their reasons :D

I do have others in store.

Just a bit crazy getting ready to host a {http://www.in2in.org/forums/2009/index.html conference] in a couple weeks.

Sounds fun, why don't you tell us how it's played? Have you ever played a game of catch with the contents of a fridge? L

You had to mention eggs didn't you...


(it is one of my videos)

Oh I hadn't known :-) I was thinking raw eggs (as you mentioned playing catch...)

I was struck on the head by a bottle of Heinz tomato ketchup - perhaps as amusing, but more painful... L

I remember once when my friend had a box fan fall out of her second-story window. The frame mostly shattered, but the blades and mechanism were intact. As with any other unprotected fan, we decided to throw things into it. Among these things were tennis balls, fruit, fruit with gashes, coarsely hacked fruit, finely hacked fruit, fruit bits, and finally a deli sandwich. In addition to producing a finely decorated kitchen, the sandwich sadly broke a blade off the fan, reducing our fun to a lopsided piece of junk. Good times.

Update: My grandma played it at a "young adult party" when she was a young adult and they had so much fun cracking jokes about all the cleavage in the room as they knelt in a cirle they just had to make their own. Looks like I'll be the first to bring it to the interwebs.

The Instructable is almost done. Needs a smidge more text and a bundle of photos. I was just wondering if this game really is unique to my childhood.

So unique, I think you may have been an only child on a very small island...


I just searched "cork plunger game" on google and this thread was the first hit. I guess it really doesn't exist. Maybe this game will be my single greatest contribution to society EVER. Wait... no... i've already done better things.

Haha, make that a very small island in a very large ocean!

It sounds more like a complex scam at a stag party. Go on - write it up.