Baseball and the Great Movie Comedians

By Ron Backer

This article was published in the Fall 2019 Baseball Research Journal.

The true sport of the great movie comedians is baseball. From silent films to sound films, from short films to full-length features, and from black and white films to color movies, cinema comics have often demonstrated that there is much humor to be derived from our national pastime. While Charlie Chaplin went into the boxing ring in City Lights (1931), the Marx Brothers played football in Horse Feathers (1932), Curly Howard wrestled his opponent to the mat in Grips, Grunts and Groans (1937), and W.C. Fields almost played golf . . .

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