This Week in Milford

May 10, 2021

The Zane Clark Show With Special Guest Bobby Bittman

Filed under: actual action, baseball, Gil Thorp, Tilden — nedryerson @ 6:40 am

This strip might be the most whiplash inducing actual action strip ever. We start with two panels from last weeks game at Crockett (with no final score or hint of a win or loss) and the final panel is from three games later against Tilden. Clearly, the center of attention for this four game stretch is Zane Clark with his ups and downs. The other pitchers in the starting rotation and the outcomes of games take a back seat to the Zane Clark story.

Does Gil coach first base? Is that him in panel 3, high fiving awkwardly? Why does he have a jersey with an M on the back and not a number. I can’t remember if coaches jerseys have had numbers in Gil Thorp or in high school ball in general. I just think the M looks weird, whether it’s Gil or somebody else. Whoever he is, he’s pretty small compared to Eldrick Boston.

Since this strip covers four games, I’m sure we’ll have plenty of time to hang around at the Milford Public Library and the Milford Library Board meetings.

Say, speaking of libraries, here’s a word from one of our old TWIM favorites, Bobby Bittman, on the value of libraries, or libarries if you will:



  1. Even though the Zane baseball arc is a real snoozer, it’s still better than the one about the entire annoying Brito family. Any PP story would even better.

    Comment by franku2016 — May 10, 2021 @ 7:03 am

  2. That Zane boy sweats a lot. He should be using that for a spit ball.
    Always a treat to see and hear from Bobby Bittman. I thought you could smoke in the liberry in those days. Typical liberrian, give her a little authority…Great job as always, Ned.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 10, 2021 @ 8:07 am

  3. Maybe Gil put his shirt on backwards. Are the tags in front?

    Comment by Bobby Joe — May 10, 2021 @ 9:06 am

  4. Who won the Milford-Crockett game? No one knows…

    This strip could always use a little HOWAREYA?!

    Comment by billytheskink — May 10, 2021 @ 9:16 am

  5. Zanes hat is brown. Must be the sweat.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 10, 2021 @ 12:57 pm

  6. If that’s Gil in p-3, I think he’s stepped out of the dugout to congratulate Mr Boston, who’s coming in on a two run homer. I don’t think he’d interrupt play by touching his first baseman on a still live “long ball.” I’m more troubled by the lack of a score for the Crockett game and the lack of mention of the intervening two games. Time is flying so fast that we need that thirties movie cliché of a desk calendar being ruffled by the wind.

    Comment by vaganova — May 10, 2021 @ 1:59 pm

  7. That’s no jersey: Gil’s been moonlighting in the lube pit at the Milford Marathon station. It’s getting harder to maintain the Gil Thorp lifestyle ever since those hardasses on the school board froze faculty salaries.

    Comment by teenchy — May 10, 2021 @ 3:09 pm

  8. @vaganova – No, nedryerson meant he’s congratulating his player who’s rounding first. Although to me it looks like the guy is more likely rounding third,

    Ignoring the fact that the Milford players have never had a block M in the center of their uniforms, I think I know what happened. Mimi also had a game today, and Gil attempted to get dressed by himself. He did manage to get his shirt on, but backwards.

    Comment by MopMan — May 10, 2021 @ 3:16 pm

  9. […] as the starting first baseman as a sophomore in 2020 and he was giving the chicks something to dig back in the spring. That should make Eldrick a senior by now and no doubt he wants to impress those college scouts […]

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