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Entry from January 18, 2018
“Did you hear about the new deodorant called Umpire? It’s for foul balls”

"Foul balls” can mean one thing in baseball, but can mean another thing to men. A joke has been cited in print since at least 1972:

“Did you hear about the new man’s deodorant called ‘Umpire’? It’s for foul balls.”

The joke has been printed on several images.


Google Books
A Joke and Its Tellers:
A Study of the Functional Variation of a Folklore Item at the Psychological Level, Volume 2

By Thomas A. Burns
Indiana University, Ph.D. thesis
1972
Pg. U80:
Did you hear about the new man’s deodorant called “Umpire?” It’s for foul balls.

Google Groups: rec.humor
jokes
Kurt Bauer
12/10/92
Some of these jokes may be offensive to some, but I found all of them humorous.
Q:Did you hear about the new deodorant called umpire?
A:It’s for foul balls

Google Groups: alt.jokes
Hear about the new deodorant called “Umpire?”
Clyde Bassman
2/4/01
Hear about the new deodorant called “Umpire?”
It’s for foul balls.

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
Q: Did you hear about the new deodorant called Umpire?
ur_droll
6/14/02
A: It’s for foul balls.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Adult Puns of the Weak 07-15-04
Stan Kegel
7/15/04
(...)
Did you hear about the new deodorant called Umpire?
It’s for foul balls. (Miss Misty)

Twitter
Judith Ann‏
@prissy121
Did you hear about the new deodorant called Umpire?
It’s for foul balls
8:23 PM - 15 Sep 2009

Twitter
Scott Feinberg‏
@ScottFeinberg
There’s a new male deodorant on the market: “Umpire,” for foul balls.
7:18 PM - 7 Oct 2009

Twitter
Surendra Tapuriah‏
@Bobbycal
“Did you hear about the new deodorant for men called - Umpire? It’s for foul balls.”
2:16 AM - 21 Mar 2010

Google Books
Jokes of the 1970s & 1980s
By Mozelle Barr Martin
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2017
Pg. ?:
Did you hear about the new deodorant called umpire? It’s for foul balls.

Reddit—Oneliners
I’m making a male deodorant called Umpire for foul balls.
submitted January 19, 2018 by Kas585

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Thursday, January 18, 2018 • Permalink