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Two weeks before the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013 is inducted in Cooperstown, N.Y., six athletes celebrated their own Hall of Fame inductions with a game of stickball, baseball’s scrappy, streetwise cousin.

Veteran players gathered in an East Harlem schoolyard on July 12 to play the classic neighborhood sport, where broomsticks and manhole covers take the place of bats and bases. Another departure from baseball: Hall of Fame induction is based on bragging rights, not statistics.

Stickball’s popularity has waned from its heyday in the 1940s, but this year’s inductees are keeping the game alive. “I’m a little slower,” Hall of Fame inductee George Vega told the Associated Press, “but I still run and I still hit.”

 

 

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