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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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2 March 1935 (USA)  »

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Pete Smith Oddity: Donkey Baseball  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Odd......very, very odd.
2 February 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

One thing I love about MGM and Warner Brothers classic films is that they almost always include a few theatrical shorts on the DVD--making it sort of like going to the movies way back when. However, "Donkey Baseball" is a first--the only MGM/Warner film with such shorts where the short did not debut the same year the feature film did. In this case, the film is included on "Angels in the Outfield" (1951)--but "Donkey Baseball" was made in 1935. But, considering they're both about baseball (of sorts) I can understand them breaking this unwritten rule.

This is another Pete Smith-narrated short film from MGM. It's also among the weirdest I have seen. You see a bunch of nuts playing baseball while riding on donkeys--or at least they must mount a donkey after the ball is hit by the batter. The fielders (except for the pitcher) always ride on donkeys! The film is pretty much what you'd expect--Smith making lame comments and the donkeys. It's certainly not a film I'd want to watch all the time, but as a curiosity, it's worth your time. Odd but watchable.

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