A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 04, 2014
“We want a catcher, not belly scratcher”

"We want a catcher, not a belly scratcher” is a child’s rhyming baseball chant. “We want a catcher, not a belly-scratcher!” has been cited in print since at least the 1990s.

“We want a pitcher, not a belly-itcher” is often added to the chant and has been cited since at least 1971.

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Rich G.
Ayup… which is why baseball is such a hetero sport. They’re always screaming “We need a pitcher not a belly itcher” while if it were a gay sport they’d need catcher’s too… oh wait, they yell “We need a catcher not a booty scratcher!” too don’t they? Dammit! I thought there was a funny joke in there somewhere.

Museum Victoria (Australia)
Play and Folklore, September 2003, pg. 8:
Gender differences show up in playground rhymes. Boys prefer gross-outs, ‘gotcha’ and ball field banter – “We want a pitcher, not a belly-itcher! We want a catcher, not a belly-scratcher!” ….. Girls go for more complicated cheers, hand slapping chants, dances and jump rope rhymes. (Helms, 1995, p.2)

We Want a Catcher, Not a Belly Scratcher
By Jon in News on Dec 14, 2004 2:07 PM
After last season’s spirit-crushing, totally maddening season, Giants’ fans from around the Bay, like kids sitting on Santa’s lap, have all been screaming the same thing: “We want reliever! We want a shortstop! And we want a big-bopper to hit behind Barry!” Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

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By David Mansour
Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Universal Company
“We need a pitcher, not a belly-itcher / We need a catcher, not a belly-scratcher.”

Daniel Perez
@Gamerandy or the other, hugely popular in the UK “We want a catcher, not a belly scratcher” episode
8:49 PM - 26 Apr 2007

List of 50 Great Softball Team Slogans
Posted on September 6, 2013 by Brandon Gaille
We want a catcher not a back scratcher.

we want a pitcher not a bellyitcher. we want a catcher not a belly scratcher. we want a jeter not a pussy eater
9:08 PM - 30 Dec 2013

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Tuesday, March 04, 2014 • Permalink