Wednesday, May 28, 2008

America's Favorite Pastime (Todd Snider)

Claim: Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis hurled a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD.

Status: True.

The rest of the story can be found here...

And more...

YouTube video here...

POEM: Analysis of Baseball by May Swenson

It's about
the ball,
the bat,
and the mitt.
Ball hits
bat, or it
hits mitt.
Bat doesn't
hit ball, bat
meets it.
Ball bounces
off bat, flies
air, or thuds
ground (dud)
or it
fits mitt.

Bat waits
for ball
to mate.
Ball hates
to take bat's
bait. Ball
flirts, bat's
late, don't
keep the date.
Ball goes in
(thwack) to mitt,
and goes out
(thwack) back
to mitt.

Ball fits
mitt, but
not all
the time.
ball gets hit
(pow) when bat
meets it,
and sails
to a place
where mitt
has to quit
in disgrace.
That's about
the bases
about 40,000
fans exploded.

It's about
the ball,
the bat,
the mitt,
the bases
and the fans.
It's done
on a diamond,
and for fun.
It's about
home, and it's
about run.

QUOTE: "Baseball? It's just a game - as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It's a sport, business - and sometimes even religion." ~ Ernie Harwell


  1. The first time I heard about Doc was at a live Todd Snider show, when he did the song. I didn't believe it, but the next day I found out it was true.

    Where'd you find the baseball card?

  2. Hey, Cathy ~

    I've yet to hear this song live, as Todd rarely comes to South Florida and, the last time he did (late-July 2007), I was attending the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a chiseled-in-stone-on-my-life-calendar event - one day, one day!

    Fascinating story, eh? - I went googling for photos to accompany my post and ran across an image of the baseball card here: