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Western Animation: Baseball Bugs
Baseball Bugs is a 1946 Looney Tunes cartoon starring Bugs Bunny. In this cartoon, Bugs is watching a baseball game at the Polo Grounds between the Gas House Gorillas, a bunch of burly roughnecks, and the Tea Totallers, who are all fragile old men. The Tea Totallers are losing 95-0 when Bugs, who is a fan, starts heckling the Gorillas. The Gorillas in turn force Bugs to play against them in the game. Bugs, playing all by himself, uses his typical schemes to defeat the Gorillas.

Listed in the 2010 book The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes, and a runner-up on The 50 Greatest Cartoons list.


  • Animal Athlete Loophole: Ain't No Rule says a rabbit can't play baseball! Although this is an unusual example in that the opposing team forces Bugs to play.
  • Baseball Episode
  • Cigar Chomper: Several Gorillas, especially the pitcher.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: The catcher is waiting to tag out Bugs, but Bugs holds up a pinup poster to distract him. Bugs is safe.
  • Down to the Last Play: Bugs, leading 96-95 in the bottom of the ninth and with a runner on base, climbs the "Umpire State Building" to catch a Gorilla fly ball for the final out.
  • Duck Season, Rabbit Season: Bugs uses his patented rapid contradiction argument to get the umpire that had originally called him out to instead call him safe. This example came five years before the trope namer, "Rabbit Fire".
  • Follow That Car: Bugs hails a taxi to "Follow that ball!" after a Gorilla hits a ball out of the Polo Grounds.
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: Well, it's a cartoon; in Real Life you can't hail a taxi to chase down a fly ball. But the ending is still interesting—Bugs flings his glove into the air to catch the ball for the last out. Throwing your glove at the ball is illegal and results in a three-base penalty.
  • Instant Gravestone: One Gorilla goes back chasing after a fly ball, yelling "I got it! I got it!". He gets plowed in the ground by the ball and a tombstone pops up saying "He got it."
  • Loophole Abuse: Bugs stretches the rules of baseball a bit.
    • To be fair, so do the Gas House Gorillas. A congo line of constant home runs?
  • Not My Driver: That taxi driver plays for the Gorillas.
  • Painfully Slow Projectile: Bugs' "slow ball", which manages to strike out three players in succession before even reaching home plate.
  • Pinball Gag: Bugs hits a line drive that bounces off all the outfielders. The scoreboard displays a "Tilt" message.
  • Telephone Polearm: A Gorilla hacks down a whole tree to use as a bat.
  • Visual Pun: The bat boy has bat wings.
  • Wartime Cartoon: Released five months after World War II ended, actually, but after tagging out a Gorilla Bugs holds up a sign saying "Was this trip really necessary?". This was a wartime slogan meant to encourage fuel conservation.

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