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Jules Feiffer
April 13, 1959
Every season, Dobie Wallender would start off thinking:THIS IS GOING TO BE MY YEAR.
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April 13, 1959

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IF ONLY I COULD BE ERRATIC -

His business agent grew very unhappy.
THE DOBIE WALLENDER ROD AND REEL COMPANY WENT DOWN SEVEN POINTS. THE DOBIE WALLENDER MEN'S WEAR COMPANY DROPPED TWELVE POINTS. THE DOBIE WALLENDER PIZZA PALACES HAD TO CLOSE IN FIVE STATES.

Sales of products he endorsed went plummeting. Dobie went on tranquilizers and sleeping pills.

Yet each new day he would drag himself off to the ball park and before nearly empty stands he would go -

Then came the last game of the season - and the ball park was jammed - the biggest crowd of the year!

Not buying hot dogs - not buying soda pop - not saying a word.

Dobie came up and got his first hit. Nobody made a sound.

Dobie came up and got his next two hits. Nobody made a sound.

Dobie came up for his last time at bat -

And slowly the stands began to empty -

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