Date: Thu, 27 Jul 1995 08:58:00 EST From: Electronic Products Magazine <0004276021[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MCIMAIL.COM> Subject: off-the-point Joan Hall asked about a NYC game called "off-the-point." I remember in the 1960s (when I was a teenager) playing a variation of the game described--"throwing a spaldeen at the corner edge of a building." The difference was that my friends and I in Ridgewood, Queens (an outer- borough neighborhood of NYC) threw a rubber ball (pronounced "spaldeen" but spelled "Spalding"; actually a Pensee Pinkie was better because it bounced higher) against a point on a step of a stoop, so the game was called "stoop ball." Stoop ball is a variation of baseball, with teams and innings. I never heard of a game involving a corner edge of a building." Leonard Schiefer lschiefer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Chief Copy Editor Electronic Products Magazine Garden City, NY