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[stik-bawl] /ˈstɪkˌbɔl/
a form of baseball played in the streets, on playgrounds, etc., in which a rubber ball and a broomstick or the like are used in place of a baseball and bat.
1815-25, Americanism; (broom)stick + ball1
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stickballer, noun Unabridged
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game played on a street or other restricted area, with a stick, such as a mop handle or broomstick, and a hard rubber ball. Stickball developed in the late 18th century from such English games as old cat, rounders, and town ball. Stickball also relates to a game played in southern England and colonial Boston in North America called stoolball. All of these games were played on a field with bases, a ball, and one or more sticks.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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