There’s a new sport suddenly sprung to enormous popularity almost overnight. Donkey baseball is its name, and we wager it will spread over the continent before long if it doesn’t kill all the spectators and players alike with laughter. The game is exactly what its name implies, baseball played with the aid of donkeys, the long-eared, diminutive equine quadrupeds called “burro” out west, or sometimes less elegantly “jackasses” or plain “jacks.”
To be most effective the game should played at night under the glare of lights. All Donkeys Batter, pitcher, baseman and fielders all occupy their usual positions on foot except that donkeys are stationed at the base for the batter, baseman and in the field for the fielders. The batter is allowed to keep swinging at the ball until he hits one out. Then he must mount his donkey to ride around the bases, the basemen mount theirs to catch him out, and the fielders climb aboard their steeds to hunt for the ball.
When the fielders go galloping away in the shadows to hunt for the ball, it would seem that the base runner could easily make his rounds aboard the donkey before fielders and basemen could throw him out, but No! It is no mean feat to get aboard him. In fact, after a bit, all the donkeys get mad and try to fight their would-be riders.
Thanks to Sandy FranceHere’s a pic from the early 50’s of a parade before the donkey baseball. Jim Brown of Strathburn dairy is holding the donkey and Thorpe Kelly of Peterson’s Ice Cream is riding the donkey. The event was sponsored by the Almonte Lions Club.–
Tom Edwards I remember donkey baseball too! I think it was a Civitan Club event.