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  1. David Kroll
    Jun 28 - 7:46 am

    Okay, when I come up to DC we need to have a C&EN Wiffle ball game.

    This sport was legendary on the short, dead-end street where I grew up across from the town’s water tower in northern New Jersey. The rules in one-on-one Wiffle ball were: ground ball not caught, a single; a fly ball anywhere across the street on the grass, a double; hitting the fence around the water tower on a fly, a triple; over the fence, home run. However. If you hit a foul ball to the far right into a neighbor’s yard, it was three outs. Why? The neighbor gave you such grief about coming into his yard to get your ball, it was often the end of the game. Called “an Emmanuel” it was the ultimate penalty.

    If I can find a picture of me on my street as a kid, I’ll put up a post.

    Thanks for stimulating some great memories.

  2. Alex Tullo
    Jun 30 - 10:02 am

    You are welcome, David. I am on the staff meeting planning committee, so I might be in a position to make such a thing happen. We will need a location. Perhaps the Ellipse. Hitting it over the White House fence is three outs.

  3. Melody Bomgardner
    Jul 18 - 3:48 pm

    We had a similar rule in my neighborhood, except it was a four-square ball – used in kickball – and the outs were due to a neighbor’s two easily angered German shepherds. So the polymer was different, but the context was the same.

  4. katherinecannon.com
    Oct 11 - 9:56 pm

    Sounds like fun! I’m looking for a Wiffle Ball league in Seattle to join!

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