A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 12, 2015
“Why don’t chickens play baseball?” (joke)

A popular children’s pun about baseball is:

Q: Why don’t chickens play baseball?
A: Because they hit fowl balls.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1983.


5 February 1983, Lethbridge (Alberta) Herald, “Eggy Riddles,” pg. B7, col. 2:
Why don’t chickens play baseball? Their hits are always fowl.

Twitter
Mike Campbell
‏@mike_campbell
why don’t chickens play baseball?
8:03 PM - 19 Jul 2008

Google Books
A Laugh a Day Will Keep the Doctor Away!
By Jack V. Grazi
Xlibris Corporation (Xlibris.com)
2010
Pg. 217:
Why don’t chickens play baseball? Because they hit fowl balls!

Twitter
Michele Price
‏@prosperitygal
RT @diettogo: Why don’t chickens play baseball? Because they always hit fowl balls.**Groan and giggle at same time
11:53 AM - 5 Jul 2010

Google Books
Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions:
The Second Helping

By John Avery Whittaker
Colorado Springs, CO: Focus on the Family
2013
Pg. 18:
Q: Why don’t chickens play baseball?
A: Because they hit fowl balls.

Twitter
Uncle Duke
‏@UncleDuke1969
Me: Why can’t chickens play baseball?
Son: Ha! Cuz they only hit FOWL balls?
M: ‘Cause they have no thumbs, idiot.
S: …
M: Go read a book.
8:01 PM - 10 Aug 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Wednesday, August 12, 2015 • Permalink