I Think it’s Time for some Donkey Baseball!!

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I Think it’s Time for some Donkey Baseball!!
1937

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.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 Jul 1973, Fri  •  Page 49

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 EdwardsLOL Ray Paquette I was just reading this and I remember a donkey baseball game at the park, maybe around 1970

Tom Edwards I remember donkey baseball too! I think it was a Civitan Club event.

Pete ReanTom Edwards YEP I REMEMBER US PUTTING IT ON A COUPLE OF TIMES IT WAS SO MUCH FUN

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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