Rudy Vallee Didn’t Understand Soft-ball

Rudy Vallee

A few weeks ago, while trying to find clips of old radio variety shows, I found an episode of the Royal Gelatin Hour, featuring multi-talented entertainer Rudy Vallee, who interviews a young girl from Brooklyn and tries to understand soft-ball.

Some highlights include Vallee not understanding how softball is supposed to be played, that the ball can be pitched fast from an underhanded delivery, and that companies sponsor teams. He also doesn’t understand why the girl wouldn’t stop playing ball in favor of chasing boys. Oh that Vallee! The reference to the Connecticut Yankees refers to Vallee’s own band, which evidently have their own team.

You can listen to the entire episode on the wonderful Internet Archive.