SHAD’S TALE: A Fictional Retelling of a True Baseball Disappearance

The following short story was drawn, inked, and colored by Jim Mosley based on my scribbles and script. It originally appeared in Home Brew, a collection of comic book tales published in 2014 and based on St. Louis to mark the city’s 250th birthday. The book can still be purchased here. The entire six-page story has been reprinted here with the blessing of Handsome Jim on what would have been Babe Ruth’s 120th birthday.

Derrick Goold

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Drawing Mike Schmidt’s Mustache

TOWER GROVE — The goal today was to get Bob Gibson’s glower just so and Kirby Puckett’s fist pump just right and, of course, Mike Schmidt’s mustache just bushy enough to evoke the Philadelphia Phillies’ slugger without overwhelming the caricature.

This was not as easy as it sounds.

The cartooning muscles have certainly slowed but thankfully they haven’t atrophied. Continue reading