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Little Italy hosts Labor Day Stickball Tournament

A group of native New Yorkers got together in San Diego 30 years ago to play a game from their youth: stickball. The group grew into a team, and the games turned into tournaments. Today, although the league is no more, the tournament continues in Little Italy. This weekend, nearly a dozen teams will compete for the top prize. Stop by and watch as the teams take their best swings. - Lisa Deaderick, U-T 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. India Street from Ash to A streets both days; Columbia Street from Beech to Cedar streets on Sunday. (/ UT San Diego)

If you’ve never seen a game of traditional stickball, there is no better place in San Diego than Little Italy to watch the epic street games go down. The annual Labor Day Stickball Tournament will return on Saturday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 4. The games will kick off at 8 a.m. and go until 5 p.m. each day.

The game, which is an East Coast past time that Little Italy has made its own, has players who come from across the country and world to play. You can use a broom, a table leg or any kind of useful stick to play. It resembles baseball with slightly different rules and regulations, and it is typically played in the streets.

This year’s event has eight registered teams competing for the title of “King of the Block.” The game is free to attend and will be held on India St. from W. Ash to W. A streets and on Columbia St. from W. Beach and W. Cedar Streets.


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Source: DiscoverSD

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