The Chinese Baseball Posted in: Opinions Some many years ago, about eighty, I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, New York, and during the long summer months, our game was baseball. Every morning, an assorted group would show up at a local sandlot for pickup games. We usually could scrounge up a pair of too-heavy-to-break bats, but the ball was a problem. Balls cost 35 cents for a college- or big leagues-quality ball. We rarely had that between us. So, we had to settle for the five-cent baseball. We never knew where they came from because at that time, there was no law requiring the posting ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!