JOHN CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO – PHOTO – CHICAGO – MYRA BRADWELL SCHOOL – TERRA COTTA OVER ASSEMBLY ENTRANCE – A JOHN CHUCKMAN PHOTO   6 comments

MYRA BRADWELL SCHOOL - TERRA COTTA OVER ASSEMBLY ENTRANCE - A JOHN CHUCKMAN PHOTO

TAKEN OCTOBER 11, 1968.

SPEAKING OF TERRA COTTA, DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE CURVED STRIP OF TERRA COTTA TRIM THAT RAN ROUND THE BACK OF THE SCHOOL? THE BOYS ALL CALLED IT A ‘PENNER’ AND PLAYED A BALL GAME ALSO CALLED PENNER.

YOU USED PINK ‘SKY-HIGH’ BALLS BOUGHT AT THE VERA SHOP (CORNER OF 79TH & BURNHAM), AND IF YOU WERE ‘UP TO BAT,’ YOU TURNED TO THE WALL AND THREW THE BALL AGAINST THE ‘PENNER.’

THERE WERE SEVERAL OTHERS IN THE ‘FIELD’ AT VARYING DISTANCES WHO TRIED TO CATCH IT. THERE WERE OUTS AND THEN SOMEONE ELSE WAS ‘UP TO BAT.’

THIS GAME WAS PLAYED ENDLESSLY AT RECESS, BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL. EVERYONE CARRIED A ‘SKY-HIGH’ IN HIS JACKET POCKET.

I WONDER WAS THIS A STRICTLY BRADWELL GAME? I NEVER HEARD OF IT BEFORE OR SINCE, AND OF COURSE IT REQUIRED THAT STRIP OF TRIM, THE ‘PENNER,’ TO PLAY.

 

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6 responses to “JOHN CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO – PHOTO – CHICAGO – MYRA BRADWELL SCHOOL – TERRA COTTA OVER ASSEMBLY ENTRANCE – A JOHN CHUCKMAN PHOTO

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  1. We played the same game on the North Side but we called in Pinners…
    I am absolutely fascinated by your website….
    thanks for the best memories of growing up in Chicago.

    • Thanks, Marsha, for your comment. There seems to have been several pronunciations of the game played with a pink rubber ball and a bit of terra cotta trim on a school wall.

      I’ve always thought it was “penner.”

      Another comment writer recalled “pinner.”

      And you now offer “pinners.”

      I guess this small thing gives some insight into how accents and dialects evolve. Three pronunciations of one word in the same city in the same era. Very interesting.

  2. Thanks for the memory — I was trying to describe this game to someone recently, oddly enough. We played it in Hyde Park using any available sidewalk curb that didn’t have a window nearby. Can’t recall what we called it, through.

  3. At O’Keeffe, as I recall, we called it “ledgeball.”

  4. We played penner at Fiske Elementary School near the University of Chicago in the late 40’s and early 50’s. As I recall we used old tennis balls, but memories do fade. I have looked on the internet for year to see if someone else remembers this game. Your site is super.

    We also played a game called “I Got It” which is the opposite of tag where everyone chases the one person and the first person to tag him calls I got it and then everyone chases the new guy. Do you recall playing a game like this?

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