Where I Learned To Not Be Good At Sports

electchester playground

The photo (above) shows the playground where the Electchester Athletic Association had its games when I was a kid. I played softball there… poorly

I caught in a softball league that had no stealing! The Witness Protection Program couldn’t have found a better place to hide me.

It’s tough to see the field’s surface from Google Streetview, but there’s no grass. The surface is probably forgiving today, but when I played there on busy 164th Street the field was paved!

Yeah, we played on concrete.

No sliding in our league either!

Not that it would have presented a problem for me. I don’t think I ever hit the ball out of the infield.

Most folks are surprised to learn baseball can be played on the same surface used to land airplanes or park trucks. Oh yes it can. And, if I’m any indication, it can be played poorly.

electchester sledding hill

As long as I was looking, I slid Google Earth a little farther down 164th to the hill where we went sledding. After a snowstorm this little topographical bump would be crawling with kids.

No!!! Who did this? I am incensed. There are now fences and hedges to prevent sledding.

Sure, we used to slide out into traffic from time-to-time, but this was our place. For a kid in an apartment this was the great outdoors.

Is nothing sacred?

One Response to “Where I Learned To Not Be Good At Sports”

  1. Bob Rosenfeld says:

    How are you? I looked at this photo before reading the bottom half of your article and questioned whether this was the hill… then I read and went AAHHHHHHH!!! Pretty isn’t always better. We loved that hill and the sleigh riding and the danger of going into 164th St. I also never saw the park looking this good. I guess they took down the basketball courts in right field. You brought back some nice memories. Hope you are doing well and have happiness in your life.

    Bobby

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