June 18, 2013

Ex-Cons Redefine Handball at Forest Park

Regulars here estimate that about half of the players come to Forest Park after they learned the game in prison. Though the handballers often don't know each other's last name (in the case of doubles there's a racial prefix, "White Don" and "Black Don," for example), the jailhouse stories tend to trickle out during sideline conversations.

Read Pros and Cons: Ex-cons redefine handball at Forest Park by Jessica Lussenhop.

Photos by Jennifer Silverberg for the Riverfront Times.
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Jerry Jones, a.k.a. Junior, dreams of a career as a pro handballer.
Jerry Jones, a.k.a. Junior, dreams of a career as a pro handballer.
"Not any of us would know each other if it wasn't for this blue ball," says Sandy Daniels, a car-dealership owner and the only regular female player.
"Not any of us would know each other if it wasn't for this blue ball," says Sandy Daniels, a car-dealership owner and the only regular female player.
Ex-Cons Redefine Handball at Forest Park
Ex-Cons Redefine Handball at Forest Park
Ex-Cons Redefine Handball at Forest Park
Ex-Cons Redefine Handball at Forest Park
Ex-Cons Redefine Handball at Forest Park
Ex-Cons Redefine Handball at Forest Park
Ex-Cons Redefine Handball at Forest Park
Ex-Cons Redefine Handball at Forest Park