This is fun: a baseball cartoon, presumably from the 1930s. I can’t speak to the validity of the posted time period, but it certainly looks like an old bit of animation, for sure.
On August 22, 1917, Pirates’ outfielder Carson Bigbee set a major league record with eleven at-bats in a single game as the Pirates and Dodgers squared off for twenty-two innings. It is a record that has since been tied by thirteen others, but never broken.
What we have are good gray ballplayers, playing a good gray game and reading the good gray Wall Street Journal. They have been brainwashed, dry-cleaned and dehydrated!… Wake up the echoes at the Hall of Fame and you will find that baseball’s immortals were a rowdy and raucous group of men who would climb down off their plaques and go rampaging through Cooperstown, taking spoils…. Deplore it if you will, but Grover Cleveland Alexander drunk was a better pitcher than Grover Cleveland Alexander sober.
This piece, published in 1988, reminds me of playing ball in the backyard with my brothers growing up. We didn’t have “real” baseball equipment for the longest time, so we improvised. A pitchfork handle would’ve been too big, but we broke the handle off a toy vacuum, and that worked well with a tennis ball.
At the wall
we play suburban stickball,
bat with a pitchfork handle
cut from his garden.
as crisp apples.
Strips of electrical
mark the strike zone
red school brick.
Rob throws strikes.
I swing hard
and miss. Robbie is so much better than me.
the sky is blue,
summer is in our bones,
and so many things don’t count yet.
Rickwood Field opened on August 18, 1910 in Birmingham, Alabama. It was the first concrete-and-steel ballpark in the minor leagues and would go on to become the oldest surviving professional baseball park in the country.
I ain’t afraid to tell the world that it don’t take school stuff to help a fella play ball.
This gave me a chuckle. True, baseball requires dedication if you wish to be any good at it. Poor Lucy doesn’t realize, however, that it also requires some degree of natural instinct.