Baseball or Football?

Tonight I watched a little bit of the NFL draft, but that was mainly because I was waiting for it to end so that I could watch Jeopardy!

Both last night and tonight the draft coverage has run long. Last night they skipped the first round of Jeopardy!, at least tonight they only cut off a couple minutes.

However, having football dominate the sports channels for a couple days when baseball should be the focus brought this question to mind.

Which is your favorite: Baseball or Football?

It may depend on what you grew up playing which made made me think of two editorial cartoons.

Frank Andrea Miller - Editorial Cartoon - Little League Baseball - World Series - Summer Games - Baseball - America's PastimeI really like the caption of this great editorial cartoon by Frank Andrea Miller:

We Didn’t Have Little Leagues When We Were Kids … But We Sure Had Fun

Little League Baseball was founded in 1939 and didn’t spread country wide until about 1950, so the readers of the Des Moines Register would have been able to identify with this statement when the cartoon was published in 1958.

This brought back memories from when I was a kid playing Little League baseball.

Even though I played in an organized league, I also remember playing baseball and softball just like this cartoon depicts.

Some of the individual images in the cartoon also bring back memories of playing softball at Summer Camp.

Although we already were divided into teams, we would always toss the bat to see who would take the field first and who would bat.

I remember one field we played on that was right by a field with cows in it. We would have to be careful when we retrieved foul balls.

We would also play with kids of all ages and with both boys and girls. We had a lot of fun!

Football - Little League - Frank Miller - Frank Andrea Miller - Editorial Cartoon - Des Moines RegisterHere is another great editorial cartoon by Frank Andrea Miller:

We Didn’t Have a Little League When We Were Kids But We Sure Had Fun

This cartoon is from 1958 and was published in the Des Moines Register.

This cartoon does not bring back as many memories as the one for baseball. Then again, I didn’t play organized football.

I did play a lot of flag football, especially in PE classes in Junior High. I was never much of a football player. I was a small kid until after I graduated from High School.

The best known league for youth football is the Pop Warner Little Scholars program. I know that there are others as well, as we have youth football where I live and it is not part of the Pop Warner program.

Pop Warner started way back in 1929 and shortly after this cartoon was published it was officially incorporated as a national non-profit organization. Today there are just a few states, including Iowa, where there are no Pop Warner leagues.

You may also enjoy the post I wrote about an Old Football Program a couple months ago.

What are your memories about playing baseball or football?

Do these memories have a factor in which sport you enjoy the most now?

Steven

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