This Week in Milford

January 15, 2020

You Gotta Have ‘Watha

Filed under: basketball, big arms, freak hands, Gil Thorp, Madison Time — teenchy @ 6:59 am


You might think that a kid named Hiawatha would be nicknamed “Hi” but this is the world of the comics. Beetle Bailey’s brother-in-law already goes by that name and even though Gil Thorp has been around since 1958, the Walker-Browne Comics Consortium has seniority. Then again maybe Rubin has baseball on the brain and was thinking of long-time Royals catcher (and later manager) John Wathan. I know The Duke was who first came to my mind; after all, Hiawatha is a catcher too. Since I have baseball on the brain, it naturally followed that I thought of that seminal work on Japanese baseball and its reflection of Japanese culture.*

Time for the Mudlarks to start conference play and boy is Chris Schuring edgy. ‘Watha (sporting a new ‘do since football season) and Tom “Butt” Muench try to calm Chris, but little do they know about Chris’ secret humiliation in Gil’s office. Sure, it’s one thing to tell someone to trust their instincts, but what if their instincts and their coach’s directive conflict? Something tells me there’ll be a lot of passing but not a lot of scoring, and the Mudlarks will leave Madison with a big L. If that other big L Teddy DeMarco ends up stuffed in a locker by Saturday, it’ll have been worth it.


*If you’re bored this winter and in need of some hot stove reading material, I highly recommend you pick up a copy.


  1. Just a damn minute… It’s freaking 2020 and folks out here are naming their kids “Hiawatha”?

    Comment by hitorque — January 15, 2020 @ 9:17 am

  2. Not only are they using names like “Hiawatha” and “Misti” (for girls), this particular “Hiawatha” has been a regular team member for at least five years it seems like. They’ve showed enough of him. He can go now.

    Comment by franku2016 — January 15, 2020 @ 11:05 am

  3. According to Social Security, Hiawatha was not in the top 1000 names for any year of birth beginning with 1900. Neither was Nokomis. Frank was Top 10 through 1922, but has slowly declined to #392.Gil hasn’t hit the Top 1000 since 1971, Mimi 1967.

    Comment by Downpuppy, still (@Downpuppy) — January 15, 2020 @ 11:43 am

  4. So, if I understand this correctly, the main strategy here is to not win the game, but to get Mr. Shit-his-pants Schuring over his stage fright while in the lineup and get him to just make a few shots? This is actually how they coached every kid on my son’s 4th grade team, since every kid was more or less considered a beginner. HS teams don’t usually strategize like this. Gil is a fuckin a doofus…

    Comment by franku2016 — January 15, 2020 @ 4:39 pm

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