273 Peter Kane (submitted by Joseph Kane)


My older brother Peter Kane introduced me to Buck Buck, which is also known as Johnny-on-a-Pony, in New York. One group of players climbs on the backs of a second group in order to build as large a pile as possible, or cause the supporting players to collapse. It’s been around as early as the 16th century, where children in Europe and the near East played Buck Buck. It has been called Bucca, and is mentioned by Bill Cosby in his “Stories of Philadelphia,” where Fat Albert was known as the greatest breaker in the world. “He weighed 2000 pounds and could cause earthquakes when he ran down the street.” Great game and great memories. (We had “Fat Tom” as our secret weapon and, needless to say, we rarely lost).