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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

2 March 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pete Smith Oddity: Donkey Baseball  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Strange Sport
19 April 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Donkey Baseball (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Early Pete Smith short takes a look at the fad that swept through the country during the 1930's (or so the film says). Donkey baseball pretty much has the title telling you what the sport is but in case you missed it, it's playing baseball while on a donkey. There are a few changes in this version as games last for 13 innings, feature forty-run games and also players must stay attached to their dear donkey at all times. I pride myself in being a somewhat smart fellow when it comes to baseball and I know a lot of its history but I must admit that I had never heard of this "alternate" version until seeing this film on Turner Classic Movies. The oddball sport is certainly something to see and I would have liked to have had a straight documentary. Being a short from Smith we have some stuff done over the top just for laughs so it was hard to tell how much was real and how much was just for laughs. Either way, it's easy to see why this sport isn't being played today.

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