"Casey Number Two, who is more temperamental than her colleagues, jumps on the playing field to peck at the first baseman, who has blocked her hit."

Fowl ball, y'all.

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Ben Cosgrove is the editor of LIFE.com. Picture This is his weekly, and occasionally more frequent, feature for The Stacks. (Note: This installment is shorter than most. Picture This is usually more blowhardy.)

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