Known variously around the country as porch ball, step ball and
pinners, Stoopball is believed to have begun as a pastime of
certain Native American Plains tribes. After raiding settlers'
homes, the warriors would remove the front stairs and throw maize
balls at them. No one knows why, but apparently the
warrior-athletes derived a great deal of pleasure from the
The modern game got its start late in the 19th century when Aldo
“Lucky Pins” Pinneretta installed the first cement stoop in the
Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Improvement in equipment and in the
athletes themselves led the game away from the quirky, intimate
porches of the war years and into the more modern stoop-stadias
that can be seen at the George and Zita Memorial Park in Clinton,
There is more to professional stoopball than hardware and ball
parks. There is, in our game, a commitment to values and fairness
that is rivaled by no other sport. When little Joltin’ Jeff
McKinnon broke the color barrier in ’87 and Mary “Bam Bam” Benson
blazed the trail for all the female stoopballers to follow it was
clear that our sport had not only accepted the challenge but would
lead the charge.
Now in its 25th year, the League boasts franchises worldwide. It is
growing stronger every year thanks in large part to the franchise
owners, the loyal fans, and our beloved community in Clinton, WI.