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How to Play Baseball is a cartoon released by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It was produced at the request of Samuel Goldwyn, and first shown to accompany the 1942 feature film The Pride of the Yankees.

Synopsis

Goofy takes the time to demonstrate America's national pastime, then plays a game - one in which he plays all the bases. The short describes the basics of baseball in humorous terms; the equipment, uniforms, positions, and pitches, as well as the mannerisms of the players. It then switches to a game in progress, a deciding game in the World Series between the fictional Blue Sox and Gray Sox (possibly a parody of the real-life Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox). The Blue Sox are up three runs and working a no-hitter when the Grays rally in the bottom of the ninth. In a series of events the Grays load the bases, leading to a base clearing hit.

The game is tied, but the play at the plate is too close to call for the umpire, and it then ends in an argument. The narrator then concludes the short praising the values of what makes baseball America's sport.

Production

This is the first of Disney’s “How To” shorts starring Goofy. It was followed by nine “How To” shorts in Walt Disney’s lifetime: How to Swim and How to Fish; (both also in 1942); How to Be a Sailor and How to Play Golf (both 1944); How to Ride a Horse (1941); How to Be a Detective (1952); and How to Sleep and How to Dance (both 1953).

After Disney’s death, the studio produced How to Haunt a House (1999) and How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (2007). Similarly-styled Goofy shorts that do not include the “How to” titling convention are Hockey Homicide (1945) and Motor Mania (1950). Prior to How to Play Baseball, Disney had released two other "instructional" shorts starring Goofy: The Art of Skiing and The Art of Self Defense in November and December 1941, respectively.

Releases

Television

Home video

VHS

DVD

Gallery

Reception

Bosley Crowther of The New York Times called it "deliciously confused ... goofy burlesque.


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1930s
Goofy and Wilbur
1940s
Goofy's GliderBaggage BusterThe Art of SkiingThe Art of Self DefenseHow to Play BaseballThe Olympic ChampHow to SwimHow to FishVictory VehiclesHow to Be a SailorHow to Play GolfHow to Play FootballTiger TroubleAfrican DiaryCaliforny 'er BustHockey HomicideA Knight for a DayDouble DribbleFoul HuntingThey're OffThe Big WashTennis RacquetGoofy Gymnastics
1950s
Motor ManiaHold That PoseLion DownHome Made HomeCold WarTomorrow We Diet!Get Rich QuickFathers Are PeopleNo SmokingFather's LionHello AlohaMan's Best FriendTwo Gun GoofyTeachers are PeopleTwo Weeks VacationHow to Be a DetectiveFather's Day OffFor Whom the Bulls ToilFather's WeekendHow to DanceHow to Sleep
1960s-Present
AquamaniaSport Goofy in SoccermaniaHow to Hook Up Your Home Theater
Educational Shorts
FreewayphobiaGoofy's Freeway Troubles
See Also
Goof Troop

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