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Donkey Baseball (1935)

 |  Short, Sport  |  2 March 1935 (USA)
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Highlights the odd 1930s fad of playing baseball while riding donkeys.



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As the off-screen narrator explains the rules, we watch a game of donkey baseball, with the score tied, well into extra innings. The pitcher, catcher and batter are on their feet; all other players are on donkeys. As soon as he hits the ball, the batter jumps onto a donkey and tries to head for first base. Players can dismount to grab a ball, but must hold onto their donkey's reins. They must remount their donkeys to throw, all throws go to the pitcher (who can't leave a box that's chalked around him), and then he throws to the necessary base. One donkey and rider take off from the park through town. Is that legal? It's certainly asinine. Written by <>

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Release Date:

2 March 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pete Smith Oddity: Donkey Baseball  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Another John Waters Classic!!
22 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

There is a new game in town - donkey baseball! This is the same game as regular baseball but you must ride around the bases on a donkey. The fielders must also ride on donkeys, but are permitted to get off only to retrieve the baseball when it is hit.

OK I have no idea who John Waters is, but this mockumentary is pretty funny despite the stupid premise. Saw this on TCM in between movies (it's only about 9 minutes long). A funny spoof of baseball and old news reels (or what I imagine they were like).

The title screen credits this as an "MGM Oddity" so maybe there are more in this series, though I have not seen or heard of any others.

I have no idea how you would get to see this though, unless you catch it on TCM or find it as an extra on a DVD.

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