Being For The Benefit of Mr. Guillen

Jeff · October 21, 2005 at 2:53 pm · Filed Under General baseball 

In recognition of the White Sox’ trip to the World Series, here’s a trip-down-South-Side-Memory-Lane link from Barnacle Press’ online archive of vintage comic strips. I was pleased to find some selections from “You Know Me, Al,” a 1920s comic strip by Ring Lardner about the fictional Jack Keefe, who is sold to the White Sox.

I think this one is my favorite. “Well, I ain’t payin’ no eight dollars a week to be near your mother” has to rank with the greatest pick-up lines of all time.

Link to Barnacle Press shamelessly lifted from Metafilter


5 Responses to “Being For The Benefit of Mr. Guillen”

  1. Zach in Spokane on October 21st, 2005 8:29 pm

    (And, of course, henry the horse dances a waltz.)

  2. msb on October 21st, 2005 9:50 pm

    thanks for the link, Jeff– should also mention they were drawn by Will Johnstone & later Dick Dorgan. Lardner’s original novella of the same name is also available online

    “My roommate is Allen a lefthander from the Coast League. He don’t look nothing like a pitcher but you can’t never tell about them dam left handers.”

    You can see Joe E Brown (an actor with a past as a vaudeville tumbler & a semi-pro ball player) in his baseball films from the early ’30s on tv occasionally. The best two were based on Lardner stories; Elmer the Great and Alibi Ike.

    Brown was a man who just loved baseball– he served as the first president of the Pony Leagues, had an interest in a minor league team (not to mention the studio team he got written into his Warners contract) and his son Joe became the Pirates GM for years, starting in ’57

  3. Shoeless Jose on October 22nd, 2005 12:52 am

    Given that he’s pitching for the White Sox, the funniest line is “But this is October, and you won’t be playing ball again until April.” Until this year, hasn’t that been the truth…

  4. Rusty on October 22nd, 2005 7:27 pm

    Speaking of the arts and the White Sox, they had Liz Phair perform God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch of game 1. Now that is second city cool.

  5. Shoeless Jose on October 24th, 2005 12:52 pm

    I never paid a lot of attention to Guillen, but from watching him this postseason I have to say he’s far more entertaining than just about any other manager in MLB. And that he’s not yet another fat old white guy, and apparently is bringing latinos to the ballpark, is just a bonus. He appears to actually understand matchups beyond leftie-leftie / rightie-rightie, and is clearly outmanaging Garner in the WS so far.