Baseball’s A Funny Game
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello’s famous baseball rift entitled “Who’s on First,” goes something like this. Lou is curious about Bud’s new baseball team and proceeds to ask him the names of the players on the team. The conversation that follows is pure baseball magic. “Who’s on first, what’s on second, I don’t know is on third” has been listened to more times than Happy Birthday. It remains a timeless classic like The Wizard of Oz. Abbott and Costello originally used this sketch live in 1937 during a burlesque comedy routine. By 1938, you could hear “Who’s on First,” on the radio. In 1940, they performed this routine on film and eventually took their act to television, in 1945. In 1999, Time magazine declared it the greatest comedy sketch of the 20 Century. It would be interesting to find out if any of you folks reading this article could name all the players in the sketch. If you have read this far, you now know three of the names; here is a hint of a fourth with the ending. A frustrated Lou Costello never understood that “Who” is the last name of the first baseman and ends his portion of the sketch by saying loudly, “I don’t give a darn.” Bud Abbott’s response was, “Oh, that’s our shortstop.”
If you think you know the other player’s names, email me at [email protected].