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COMIC LEGEND: Charlie Brown’s baseball team never won a game.
In the aformentioned edition of this week’s TV Legends Revealed at Spinoff Online, I deal with something that pops up a lot (like this OTHER recent TV Legends Revealed), the idea of people presuming running gags are not just “often occurring” but rather “ALWAYS occurring.” You know, instead of “Often this happens” it becomes “This ALWAYS happens.”
In the case of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, its most famous running gag (Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown) actually IS an example of it ALWAYS happening.
Charlie Brown never kicks the football in the Peanuts comic strip (he did in the cartoon, but never in the comic). However, a less famous but still noteworthy running gag is how awful Charlie Brown’s baseball team is and how they never win any games. Charlie Brown even talks about how his baseball team never wins. Heck, there is even a song in the Peanuts musical that has a lyric “Did you know that Charlie Brown has never pitched a winning baseball game?” So it is easy to believe that, just like how Charlie Brown never kicks the football, he never wins a baseball game.
This, though, is not the case.
In March of 1993, Schulz began a stretch of strips dealing with their first game of that season…
Charlie Brown eventually comes up in the bottom of the ninth inning…
and actually WINS THE GAME!
This leads to a series of strips with the pitcher who gives up the home run becoming a nemesis, of sorts, for Charlie Brown.
Reading it all back again…damn, Schulz was awesome. In June of 1993, Charlie Brown even wins ANOTHER game with ANOTHER homer off of that pitcher (Royanne Hobbs, grand-daughter of Roy Hobbs).
Charlie Brown’s team has won other games over the years, but they tend to be when Charlie Brown is not involved. This is one of the rare examples where Charlie actually definitely won the game.
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