#Shortstops: The Comic Relief Pitcher
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Though Scroogie ended, McGraw’s creative endeavors did not after his mother Mabel told him the comic strip lacked actual personality for “Scroogie” the baseball. Upon a visit to the National Hall of Fame with his brother Hank, Tug gained inspiration from the various exhibit displays for a new story pitch… Lumpy.
Insistence came from his family once again as his wife wanted him to do something that would distract their children on a drive home from Shea Stadium. That’s when Lumpy: A Baseball Fable about a baseball’s dream to make it to Cooperstown finally hit. Similar to the comic strip, this story used HOF players as it followed Lumpy and his “owner” Johnny from Little League to the World Series.
Drawing up extra work in-season for the game’s biggest players surely was no easy feat, though McGraw said it best: You gotta believe.
Hanna Soltys was the 2017 library research intern at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum