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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

‘You’re the guy with the ball to the crotch’: The inside story behind the funniest baseball card

I think the title is pretty self-explanatory…

Keith Comstock played on four major league clubs as a journeyman reliever, but his professional career is most often remembered for one thing: a ball to the crotch. Thirty years ago—in what otherwise would have been a forgotten minor league set—Comstock appeared on one of the most memorable baseball cards ever made. Here’s the story of how it came together, in his words.

Moses Taylor, glorified meat shield Posted: August 21, 2019 at 11:54 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: ball to the crotch, baseball cards, humor, minor leagues

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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2019 at 12:08 PM (#5873177)
It works on so many levels!
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 21, 2019 at 12:32 PM (#5873189)
I can't believe I've never seen that card or heard that incredible story until right now. Thank you, Moses!
   3. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 21, 2019 at 02:26 PM (#5873217)
This is great.
   4. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: August 21, 2019 at 03:31 PM (#5873239)
On the home page, all that appears of the headline is "You're the guy with the ball to the crotch ..."

Honestly? I was expecting this to be an Adrian Beltre story.
   5. salvomania Posted: August 21, 2019 at 04:23 PM (#5873258)
At first glance this seems like a spur-of-the-moment thing, but I'm impressed by the level of effort undertaken to pull this off, mostly in getting the unwilling photographer to take the shot.

Comstock also had to try a variety of adhesion systems, and even had to change pants.

   6. catomi01 Posted: August 21, 2019 at 04:55 PM (#5873263)
On the home page, all that appears of the headline is "You're the guy with the ball to the crotch ..."


I thought I missed an injury during the Central Park softball game.
   7. Omineca Greg Posted: August 21, 2019 at 05:24 PM (#5873271)
I'm just popping in to say that was an awesome story. Everything about it was great: the background, the machinations, the motivations, the punchline. Made my day.
   8. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 21, 2019 at 06:36 PM (#5873282)
I too had never heard nor seen this before. What a terrific bit of fun, thx for sharing Moses.
   9. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: August 21, 2019 at 06:40 PM (#5873283)
I thought it was going to be a rehash of the batting cage guy.

This is a great story. My favorite part is him talking about his 10 and 12 year old grandsons finding out. I coach kids that age and that helps me appreciate just how great their reaction must have been. One of my 10s got his bell rung this summer and after coming to the bench I put my arm around him and said "aren't you glad you were wearing a cup?" He started laughing and said "oh yeah."
   10. Moses Taylor, glorified meat shield Posted: August 22, 2019 at 12:34 PM (#5873453)
Thanks, yeah, I loved it for the same reasons. I too especially loved the part about his grandkids. My son (8) has started getting into collecting cards a little - nothing serious, but he loves baseball, and so I showed him this one last night and he cracked up too.
   11. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 22, 2019 at 01:00 PM (#5873472)
Great card and an even greater backstory. I've got the Billy Ripken F-Face card and now I wonder how to get this one.
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 22, 2019 at 01:01 PM (#5873475)
You rang?
   13. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: September 20, 2019 at 11:21 AM (#5881178)
I missed this one when I was on vacation. Great story

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