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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from May 17, 2016
“What is a hermit?"/"A girl’s baseball glove.”

A children’s pun about baseball equipment is:

Q: What is a hermit?
A: A girl’s baseball glove.

The “hermit/her mitt” joke has been cited in print since at least 1979. The joke was mentioned in William Safire‘s “On Language” column in the New York (NY) Times in 2002, along with other “sport redefinitions.”

Google Books
October 1979, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 82, col. 3:
Daffynishion: Hermit — a girl’s baseball glove. — Norm Crawford, Morton Grove, III.

Google Books
March 1986, Boys’ Life, ‘Think & Grin,” pg. 88, col. 1:
Daffynition: Hermit— a girl’s baseball glove.— Tim Spellman, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Google Books
Squeaky Clean Jokes for Kids
By Bob Phillips and Steve Russo
Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers
Pg. 132:
Dottie: What is a hermit?
Ignatius: You’ve got me.
Dottie: A girl’s baseball glove.

New York (NY) Times
Clean Yer Clock
Published: February 3, 2002
superficial (n.), “a really good referee” (Mel Siedband).
beleaguered (adj.), “stuck in the semipros” (Eric Mencher).
contrapuntal (adj.), “foolishly advocating passing instead of kicking on fourth down” (Alfred Greenberg).
hermit (n.), “girl’s baseball glove” (Judith Werben)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
“Puns of the Weak” 08/23/02
Stan Kegel
Hermit: Girl’s baseball glove (William Safire)

kendra k
what is a hermit? a girl’s baseball glove.
11:31 AM - 13 Dec 2007

The Amazingly Lame Joke of the Day
Sunday, August 21, 2011
What is a hermit?
A girl’s baseball glove.
Posted by Tim Wycislak at 1:55 AM

Andrew Johnson
Maher’s Joke of the Day: Anybody know what a “Hermit” is? A girl’s baseball glove
9:04 AM - 6 Apr 2016

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