Mayoral candidates vie for stickball supremacy

UNITED STATES - JULY 26:  Stickball game at a school yard in Manhattan. Keith Haring Graffiti on wall in background  (Photo by Keith Torrie/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Stickball game at a school yard in Manhattan. (Photo by Keith Torrie/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Mayoral candidates faced off in a game of stickball on Tuesday at Borough Hall—though if they hoped to sway voters with their prowess at the historic street game, most were sorely disappointed.

Joe Lhota led the Republican hopefuls with a 120-foot hit, though one of his practice swings measured in at 160 feet.

On the Democrats’ side, long-shot candidate Erick Salgado was the winner with a hit of 180 feet, though Guardian Angels founder (and stickball commissioner) Curtis Sliwa said he’d pick Comptroller John Liu over everyone else for his consistency.

Former comptroller Bill Thompson and billionaire John Catsimatidis trailed the competition, their best hits no more than about 40 feet.

Anthony Weiner, who has often talked about playing stickball as a child in his campaign videos, was a no-show, as were Christine Quinn and Bill de Blasio.

“He’s probably afraid,” former City Councilman Sal Albanese said. “He’s afraid of the competition.”

 


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