How to Play Baseball

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How to Play Baseball
Goofy baseball.jpg
Goofy at bat
Directed by Jack Kinney
Produced by Walt Disney
Music by Paul J Smith
Animation by Les Clark
Marc Davis
Hugh Fraser
Ollie Johnston
Ward Kimball
Milt Neil
John Sibley
Bill Tytla
Layouts by Al Zinnen
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s)
  • September 4, 1942 (1942-09-04)
Running time 8 minutes
Country United States
Language English

How to Play Baseball is a cartoon produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures in September 1942, produced at the request of Samuel Goldwyn and first shown to accompany the 1942 feature film The Pride of the Yankees.[1]


Goofy takes the time to demonstrate America's national pastime, then plays a game - one in which he plays all the bases. The short describes the basics of baseball in humorous terms; the equipment, uniforms, positions, and pitches, as well as the mannerisms of the players. It then switches to a game in progress, a deciding game in the World Series between the fictional Blue Sox and Gray Sox (possibly a parody of the real-life Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox). The Blue Sox are up three runs and working a no-hitter when the Grays rally in the bottom of the ninth. In a series of events the Grays load the bases, leading to a base clearing hit.

The game is tied, but the play at the plate is too close to call for the umpire, and it then ends in an argument. The narrator then concludes the short praising the values of what makes baseball America's sport.


This is the first of Disney's “How to...” shorts starring Goofy. The short was made on a rushed schedule of 12 weeks so it could be released in time to accompany Samuel Goldwyn's The Pride of the Yankees. [2] It was followed by nine “How to...” shorts in Walt Disney's lifetime: How to Swim and How to Fish; (both also in 1942); How to Be a Sailor, How to Play Football, and How to Play Golf (1944); How to Ride a Horse (1950, originally included in The Reluctant Dragon in 1941); How to Be a Detective (1952); and How to Sleep and How to Dance (both 1953).

After Disney's death, the studio produced How to Haunt a House (1999) and How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (2007). Similarly-styled Goofy shorts that do not include the “How to” titling convention are The Olympic Champ (1942), Hockey Homicide (1945), Goofy Gymnastics (1949) and Motor Mania (1950). Prior to How to Play Baseball, Disney had released two other "instructional" shorts starring Goofy: The Art of Skiing and The Art of Self Defense in November and December 1941, respectively.


Bosley Crowther of The New York Times called it "deliciously confused ... goofy burlesque."[1]



  1. ^ a b "Pride of the Yankees, a Film Biography of Lou Gehrig ... on View at Astor". The New York Times. July 16, 1942. Archived from the original on April 26, 2011. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  2. ^ 1940-, Smith, Dave, (2015). Disney A to Z : the official encyclopedia (4th ed ed.). Los Angeles: Disney Editions. ISBN 9781484721339. OCLC 907408501. 

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