#Shortstops: Doctor Who’s On First
This item, however is not the Doctor’s only foray into baseball. While the television series has been popular, Doctor Who has also seen success in both audio drama and in comic form. Doctor Who, in all forms, is supposed to be set in our universe – meaning it shares the same history as us. That is why one may be surprised by the baseball teams visited by the Doctor in the 1986 comic Time Bomb.
The story begins with the Doctor’s companion, Peri, being dropped off in New York City in 1986 to watch a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Redskins. After a series of mishaps, the Doctor and his penguin looking companion Frobisher wind up altering the evolution of life on earth to the point that humans never existed. After resolving the issue, the Doctor and Frobisher arrive to the game, hoping to sneak into the game for free. Upon exiting the TARDIS, they realize they had materialized on the field of play – much to the confusion of the ballplayers.
As many baseball fans know, the Dodgers left Brooklyn long before 1986 and the Redskins have never been a major league team, though a team by the same name has been a member of the NFL since 1932. As Doctor Who is supposed to be set in the real world – this is a surprising gaff for the editors to miss.
Nevertheless, the Who’s on First shirt is a great mashup of American and British pop culture that will be preserved in Cooperstown.
Nathan Tweedie is the manager of on-site learning at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum