Are toys important? Some citizens of New York certainly think so. The New York Times recently developed a list of objects that it felt best represented the city of New York. (“A History of New York in 50 Objects.”) After they published the article, they then asked readers to offer up the objects that they felt most represented the city of New York to them.
In an article by Sam Roberts, “New York’s 50: Wait! There’s More,” the newspaper published the readers' 15 picks. The list included anything from the pistol that Aaron Burr used to kill Alexander Hamilton to the Black and White Cookie to the Subway token.
I am very pleased to state that the Spalding Spaldeen ball came in at number 9, right after the brass doorknob. According to Wikipedia, the pink Spaldeen ball was introduced in 1949. It was used in stoop ball; stick ball and a myriad of other games…talk about a play platform.
The world never stands still so the Spaldeen now comes in a number of colors. Still, it’s a classic and all of us should be proud that a simple rubber ball in part characterizes what many consider to be the greatest city in the world.