at Moore Park
July 26, 1968
Pushball was a big thing, literally and figuratively, in the 1960s. The object was for your team to push this giant ball (6 feet in diameter weighing 50 pounds) down the field and get it across the goal line. Sometimes two balls were employed, one large and one a bit smaller. Two teams of eleven each (five forwards, two left-wings, two right-wings and two goal-keepers) pushed the ball downfield. The goals consisted of two upright posts 18 feet high and 20 feet apart with a crossbar seven feet from the ground.
The game lasts for two periods with an intermission. Pushing the ball under the bar counted as five points. Lifting or throwing the ball over the bar counted as eight points. A touchdown behind goal for a safety counted as two points. The contests were sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation. These images show a Pittsburgh Pushball championship game at Moore Park on July 26, 1968.
* Photos provided by Mike Radley *
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