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It's the first game in the baseball series between the Yankee Doodlers and the Draft Dodgers. The pitcher uses the variety of equipment and a variety of pitches to thwart the opposing batters, resulting in an unusual game of baseball that often resembles things other than baseball. The crowd is generally happy with the outcome, except one fan who blames everything on the umpire. The team in the field may use one trick too many which results in a sad ending. Written by
This is the only cartoon from MGM that doesn't open with the MGM lion. It is also the only MGM cartoon that gives the credits at two separate times - the title, which credits director Tex Avery like most of MGM's shorts do, at the beginning, and the rest after about 35 seconds. See more »
Person in Crowd:
Kill the Umpire! Get him outta there! KILL the umpire! Kill the...
[a gunshot is heard, and everybody stands as "Taps" plays for a moment of silence]
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The main credits (including the MGM lion) don't appear until a character asks to see them. See more »
This short is full of sight gags and is much more entertaining than the typical major-league game today, which is all about home runs. Tex Avery was in full form here and the ending is typical Avery. I love it and think it's hilarious, myself. Some of the gags are a bit dated, but it's great fun and I'm glad that this is in print. Well worth watching. Recommended.
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