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Porky's Baseball Broadcast (1940)

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It's the Giants vs. the Red Sox in the final game of the World Series, and Porky's doing play-by-play for the radio audience. The umpire is blind; the bat boy is, literally, a bat, and the ... See full summary »

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It's the Giants vs. the Red Sox in the final game of the World Series, and Porky's doing play-by-play for the radio audience. The umpire is blind; the bat boy is, literally, a bat, and the catcher's a fast-talking turtle. The Giant's pitcher is literally a giant. And of course, as with any New York-Boston matchup, the Giants win. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The onscreen copyright statement incorrectly lists the year 1940 with Roman numerals "MCMXXXX" instead of the correct MCMXL. Four of the same letters in a row is not permitted in the rules governing the Roman numerals. See more »

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Referenced in Sport Chumpions (1941) See more »

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Porky & All The Puns Describe A Ballgame
3 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Can you imagine hiring a guy who stutters to do play-by-play of a sporting event? On top of that, it's a major event like the World Series!

Here, Porky is announcing the Series opener between the Red Sox and the Giants. The game is at Yankee Stadium - figure that out. Well, actually in this cartoon, it's "Yankum Stadium."

Anyway, what you get in this cartoon is typical of what I have seen in many classic-era sports cartoons: tons of puns. The writers really have a lot of fun with the many sports clichés we've always had. For a few examples, "tickets for the game are selling like hotcakes" shows us a guy pouring tickets out a vase on a hot griddle or "scalpers are a having a big day" and showing Indians chasing customers with an ax.

When the baseball game starts, you really hear the puns ("screaming" line drives, "stretching" a hit, etc.) and it's all very corny but a lot of fun to watch. No sporting events are as crazy as the ones you see in the cartoons, with the exception of maybe the Marx Brothers or The Three Stooges.

Not only do you have the customary clichés (a blind man being the umpire; a turtle catching, etc.) but a lot of goofs, too. For instance, the pitcher is supposed to be on the Giants but he's wearing a Cubs jersey. Oh, well, it's only a silly cartoon. Also, you see a few quick things that people of the day might recognize but few today would, such as the mayor being a caricature of Fiorella LaGuardia with the pasted-down hair. I'm sure fans appreciated the dig at getting stuck with a seat behind one of those iron poles, too. T

Even though this is labeled a Porky Pig cartoon, the baseball action is the center stage. Porky, by the way, does a fine job of announcing!


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