Sport Chumpions

This isn’t necessarily baseball-specific, but it’s a fun watch for sports fans in general.  This 1941 Looney Tunes cartoon features the hilariously not-so-great of the sports world.


Kicking dust

I sometimes have wondered if the “brawls” that happen in baseball are merely the players’ way of breaking up the routine of daily games and keeping things interesting.  Calvin and Hobbes certainly seem to enjoy the novelty.

Calvin Hobbes kicking dust

Bill Watterson


“Move Over Babe (Here Comes Henry),” by Bill Slayback

The singer of this tune, Bill Slayback, was a Major League pitcher himself, though his career was short-lived. Slayback appeared in 42 games, 17 as a starter, for the Detroit Tigers, culminating in a 6-9 record with a 3.84 ERA.

Slayback co-wrote this song with Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell in 1973. The tune chronicles Hank Aaron’s journey to overtake Babe Ruth for the all-time home run record.


“Gum Based Good Times,” by David S. Pointer

As a kid, chewing bubble gum always seemed to me as much a part of baseball as wearing a baseball cap.  Published in 2010 in Spitball magazine, this piece seems to agree with me.

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The antique gumball
machine tech patted
his little globe dispenser
saying it was “the gum”
that really got each
baseball game started
and helped a fastball
burn hot as a fireplace
front or brought out a
cartridge box boom
at the crack of the bat
or helped the coach
keep up maintenance
on all our game gear
stored in that Nicaraguan
coffee gunny sack
season after season,
so in baseball’s brief
little league time line
it’s the chewing gum
that may be going down
into history with the
chomping rest of us.


A baseball limerick

Either the pitchers are really, really good, or the other team’s offense leaves a lot to be desired.

baseball limerick

W. Galbraith


Hit one for me

I came across this comic on Twitter and couldn’t help but laugh.  It’s an amusing twist on the Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig “hit one for the sick child” legend.  The artist behind the strip appears to be one Nicholas Gurewitch.

PBFComic hit one


“When My Buckner Moment Comes,” by Dan Bern

This song is amusing in a way that almost hits too close to home.  Even though we know it is okay not to be perfect, we all worry that our own “Buckner moment” will come at the most inopportune and humiliating time.