Bocce in Baltimore is a pastime for all ages

Apr 13, 2015 695

Bocce has been a staple in Little Italy for as long as anyone can remember. But it was always a game the old folks played. "I never played as a kid," says Francis Blatterman, who helps run the Tuesday and Wednesday night Little Italy Bocce League at the D'Alesandro Park courts, off Stiles Street.

"Some of the older men, they played." That's a refrain you hear often from players like Blatterman, who's 72. But it's a sentiment that no longer rings true. In the 21st century, bocce has become cool. And it's not just a game for Little Italy anymore.

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