This Week in Milford

April 22, 2017

Welcome Back Carter – er, Van Auken


Central City has been notoriously bad to Milfordians over the years, and it looks like it’s going to be so again in the near future.  How do they know Van Auken there? Did he play for Central in the past (and, if he did, wouldn’t Gil and Kaz already be familiar with his work)? That’s unclear from this exchange, but these young ladies know of him there. What’s also unclear is how they plan to “welcome” Ryan back.  Apropos of nothing, I watched Bull Durham last night for the first time in years, so my mind runs to locker room hijinks, garter belts and poetry readings. However, knowing this strip there’ll be mocking from the bleachers, probably involving people dressed up like hurricanes (the meteorological event, not the beverage) and a sign man or two. Meanwhile back in Milford…

… we’ve not yet been treated to a Mouseketeer Roll Call for the Lady Mudlarks*, but it would appear that their catcher is Le Pétomane.  Even the home plate umpire is rendered speechless by the Milford catcher’s talking hind parts. It only seems fitting that Mimi’s minions are playing host to a team from the land of the noble gases. Clearly they’re not in Kansas anymore. Tune in on Monday when Carrie Hobson lobs a few smoke grenades of her own across the plate.

*And we seldom are, cf. the boys’ teams.



  1. Damn it, teenchy, you beat me to it(ha). I was going to point out that the plotline gods must’ve raided the periodic table when desperately having to contrive a name for a Mudlark opponent on short notice but yours is better and well-timed.
    And aside from the players forced to play in the Valley of the Giants, where the Amazons and Titans slug it out on Thursday Night Industrial League Slo-Pitch, P3 looks like something off to the side on a model train set. Our museum in my home town displayed a huge model train layout and, rest assured, P3 would fit right into the layout’s landscape, no question. Yeah, the L & N engine choo-chooing, dragging the coal car, boxcar, oil car, passenger car, and caboose while a Mudlark belts a home run. How romantic.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — April 22, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

  2. Does the male in the background of P2 have a bald patch?

    Comment by Richard Sansing — April 22, 2017 @ 2:42 pm

  3. Nice flashback on the old Central City strips. Can it really be ten years since the summer of Kaz P.I. saying “Ease up, chum” to the Gail Martin fan? I had forgotten how much McLaughlin had made Kaz and Gil’s heads shaped like shoe-boxes.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — April 22, 2017 @ 2:46 pm

  4. @Richard Sansing that’s the official Milford tonsure hairstyle worn by numerous Milford athletes.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — April 22, 2017 @ 3:09 pm

  5. There is an Argonia High School in Kansas, about 30 miles out of Wichita, but it appears they’re too small to have baseball or softball.

    Comment by Philip — April 22, 2017 @ 3:10 pm

  6. And nobody noticed the catcher lined up behind the left-hand batters box,instead of home plate, with the ump following suit. Should be an interesting strike zone. A hit-batsman will be a sttttrriiike. And that bat looks longer then Babe Ruths. My 5-iron isnt that long.

    Comment by robmize2013 — April 22, 2017 @ 4:49 pm

  7. Another obvious error – where the hell does the batter run after she hits the ball?? Through the fence? 1st base should be visible from that vantage point. And a softball diamond does Not have grass that close to the infield. Its all gravel and dirt until the outfield starts. There is ZERO grass on the infield. And the catcher needs more equipment and padding on her bare arms. Who the hell catches with that outfit on? Its still April – sleeveless uni’s are for the playoffs in May/June. Wake up the artist!!

    Comment by robmize2013 — April 22, 2017 @ 4:58 pm

  8. robmize is right as usual, but I have to point out that at least the batters boxes are oriented correctly, unlike on the baseball diamond a couple of days ago. Argonia HS must be tiny– the town has something like 550 inhabitants– but perhaps it is a central school drawing kids from miles around, because Argonia took the boys basketball title in their class a couple of times recently. Go Raiders! (Mfnrd plays Neonia next.)

    Comment by vaganova's navigator — April 22, 2017 @ 8:34 pm

  9. VN, I found the Argonia High School website, and the calendar of events lists track meets, but no other spring sports. They appear to have 90 students in grades 6-12. Declining enrollment forced them to combine with another school some 20 miles away just to permit 8-man football to continue. Anyhow, Rubin missed this one. There is no such thing as an Argonia High School softball team.

    Comment by Philip — April 23, 2017 @ 7:30 am

  10. Philip, I think he confused Argonia with Neonia or Xenonia.

    Comment by vaganova's navigator — April 23, 2017 @ 10:26 am

  11. Our writers have done a tremendous job working over today’s(or yesterday’s?-ha) strip. So with a great amount of reluctance I note the conversation about what could be our next main character harboring a troubled past/bad grades/bad temper/bad breath/parents in Sing Sing/on parole after slaying the ump with an ax(running the gamut here). We’re unclear what emotional/financial/social/educational/etc. stakes Janis Ian and Marcia Brady have in our Boy Wonder to be semi-obsessed with him in P1, ditto Joni Mitchell in P2(before she dyed her hair from blue to blond). Then again, I’m unclear if that guy in P2 is in dire need of Rogaine or an omelette fell out of the sky and landed on his head(although kudos to Richard and Bobby Joe for their observations which were good).

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — April 23, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

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