History of Stoopball

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 practice.

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, WI.

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.


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