February 27, 2008
Originally published April 18, 2003
No, this title does not refer to a downsized device for birth control and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. "Half rubber" was a game I played many a time on beaches, in in open back yards, and sometimes in the street when I was growing up.
I haven't played the game in years. What's REALLY strange is that I haven't seen anyone ELSE playing for years, either.
The game required a broomstick, three people, a rubber ball and a knife. You used the knife to cut the rubber ball in half. You used the broomstick as a bat. You used the three people as Pitcher, Batter and Catcher.
The pitcher sailed that half-rubber toward the plate, and a good, fast pitch would curve, rise and dance like a demonic horsefly along the way. If the batter hit the half-ball, he had a man on first. If he knocked it over the pitcher's head, he had a home run.
If the batter swung the broomstick and missed, he was OUT if the catcher caught the ball. If the catcher couldn't catch it (which happened frequently--a half-rubber is a tricky bastard to throw, hit or catch) the batter just kept swinging until the catcher finally managed to snag a strike. Then, batter went to pitch, catcher went to hit and pitcher went to catch.
I played that game for hours on many a summer's day.
Legend says that the game was invented on Tybee Island at Savannah Beach, although the lying shits in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina occasionally make a bogus claim of their own. It was invented here where I live.
I just wonder why I don't see anybody playing half rubber anymore. It really is fun and it takes only three people for a game.
I never would have thought about this subject if mr. southern nostalgia hadn't posted about it himself. Damn, he has a good memory.
And I like THIS on his blog:
"Whoever double-crosses me and leaves me alive, he understands nothing about Tuco."
I remember Tuco. "Blondieeeeee! You sonofabitch!"
The Velociblogger sounds like a man I could enjoy a drink or two with.
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