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Peanuts: Charlie Brown, His Friends, and Baseball (Vol. 2, 1952)

by Paul Semendinger

August 2021

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I always enjoyed Charles Schulz’s famous Peanuts comic strips. Like so many people, those characters were a big part of my childhood.

A number of years ago, a collection of books was produced that chronicle the complete and entire collection of every single Peanuts comic strip. With every single strip available, I decided to set about reading the entire collection. (I just completed reading Volume 4 which cover 1957 and 1958.) It is fascinating seeing how the strip and the characters developed over time.

I thought it would be fun to chronicle here the history of how Charles Schulz used baseball in the Peanuts strips.

I hope you enjoy this historical look back at Charlie Brown and his friends and the wonderful game of baseball…

(Each comic strip comes from the wonderful site: Peanuts Wiki.).

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THE 1952 “SEASON”

Charlie Brown becomes known for striking out, a lot. But, early on, he wasn’t a bad hitter. Here, in his first appearance in 1952 (March 23), he connects and comes close to circling the bases:



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As can be seen above, Snoopy seems to be getting into the action as a ball player. On April 6, Charles Schulz uses a play on words in a clever way to tie the cartoon strip to baseball.



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On April 12, 1952, Charlie Brown is seen pitching for the first time of the new season.



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On May 19, Charlie Brown is playing in the outfield.

Things don’t go so well.



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May 28 and May 29 brought back-to-back strips, with Charlie Brown again as the catcher (the kid played so many positions). These show that Charlie was also not the only poor pitcher on his team.



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This strip, from June 3, is a true classic. It is one of my favorite’s ever as it truly shows a true understanding of kids, imagination, and baseball.



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It is possible that this June 11 strip even signals a victory for ol’ Charlie’s team. If it was a loss, it was a close game at least!



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Any one of us who played baseball as a child can probably relate to poor Schroeder from this July 5, 1952 comic strip:



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Girls can also play ball as evidenced in this great strip. (I also like how the characters also refer to the “funnies.”)



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Charlie Brown’s 1952 season came to a close on August 24. Here we see that Lucy Van Pelt is an up-and-coming star.



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PREVIOUS ARTCLES IN THIS SERIES:

Peanuts: Charlie Brown, His Friends, and Baseball (Vol. 1, 1951)

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