Date: Thu, 27 Jul 1995 09:10:59 -0400
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: off-the-point
Another term from New York City is "off-the-
point," for a sidewalk ball game that involves throwing a spaldeen at the
corner edge of a building. Does anyone remember that? If so, when? Where?
How was/is it played?
An informant who was a notable fan of spaldeen-based games was familiar
with the term, but not in the sense you describe. He says that "off-
the-point" was a term used in various games to describe a throw that bounced
directly off the corner (of a building, step, etc.), thus rocketing
away unexpectedly. He says it was unquestionably a real term, but that
it was never used as the name of a game. "Off-the-wall," on the
other hand, was a real game, and involved throwing the ball at a
wall and trying to catch it on the fly, with bases being earned based
on the number of bounces, as Larry has described.
Said informant grew up in Brooklyn in the 1940s-50s.
Random House Reference
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