Ice cream trucks, baseball games, barbecues… everyone’s got their own sweet summer favorites. Luckily, the StoryCorps Archive is full of stories about lazy summer afternoons and reflections on seasons past, so we rounded up some of our favorites… (turns out our participants really, really love baseball). Listen to some of these incredible tales, get inspired, and go make some new memories this summer!

Do you want to have a conversation like these with someone you love? Just download the StoryCorps App to record your conversation and upload it directly to the Archive, housed at the Library of Congress. Or, if an in-person interview isn’t possible, use StoryCorps Connect to conduct it remotely.


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Joy on Saint James Pl.
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Joy on Saint James Pl.

In this episode of the StoryCorps podcast, how one family’s socially-distant block party brought a neighborhood together during the pandemic.


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“Ice cream has given me a name, like a Ted Williams or a Babe Ruth or a Larry Bird.”
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A Life Through the Window of an Ice Cream Truck

Allan Ganz has been an ice cream man for over seven decades. At StoryCorps, he reminisces with his wife, Rosalyn, about his sweet career.


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“He said, 'Freckles, how many times do you want my signature?'”
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Summers at Yankee Stadium

In 1943, Anthony D’Andrea was a kid on a mission: to get the signature of every team member of the Yankees.


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"The way that I look at my job as a vendor, I’m a professional athlete."
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Fancy Clancy

Throughout his 43-year long career as a beer vendor for the Baltimore Orioles, Clarence “Clancy” Haskett has brought energy, athleticism, and cheer.


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“The parents initially booed when I went out to play. They could see that I was a better player than some of their sons.”
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The Girl Who Changed Little League Baseball

As a girl, there was nothing Kay “Tubby” Johnston wanted more than to play little league baseball. This is how one kid’s love of the game changed everything.


Two by Two

Hunny and Elliot met in the summer of 1946… and so did their identical twins. The two pairs of twins got married in a double wedding, and after sixty-one years of marriage, Hunny and Elliot sat down to share some memories.


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"I was in Brooklyn, New York teaching the third grade."
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The Nuns of Summer

Sister Vincent Cecire, 94, shares how she fell in love with baseball and how she and her friend earned the nickname “the Nuns of Summer”.


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