JumpStart by Robb Armstrong for February 26, 2024

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    RuinQueenofOblivion  3 months ago

    Real subtle Robb.

    I’m not even gonna try and pick apart what this means in universe…

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    charliefarmrhere  3 months ago

    A bit sneaky, but good!

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    GirlGeek Premium Member 3 months ago

    That is a well done shout-out, Mr. Armstrong

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    eromlig  3 months ago

    He was not only a Philadelphia Star, he was a southpaw! Best of all worlds!!

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    jimmjonzz Premium Member 3 months ago

    How do I love this? Unreservedly.

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    crookedwolf Premium Member 3 months ago

    So, technically Jojo’s great-great-great-uncle (If you consider Robb as Joe and Marcy’s “father”!)

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    markkahler52  3 months ago

    Who the hell is Robb Armstrong?

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    OldsVistaCruiser  3 months ago

    I’m going to try to link the Wikipedia article on Gene Benson:


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    Ellis97  3 months ago

    Robb Armstrong is your creator, Jojo. The man who made this all possible.

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    pony21 Premium Member 3 months ago

    I love everything about this – except the fact that I am just now learning the name of Eugene Benson. Thank you, Robb Armstrong!

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    jagedlo  3 months ago

    Interesting how quickly Wikipedia put in a mention about Robb being related to Gene Benson…

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    Foxcarver Premium Member 3 months ago

    How cool!

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    Brian007  3 months ago

    According to Baseball Reference, Benson had a lifetime batting average of .291 over 13 seasons and played in four All-Star games. Nice reference in the strip. I always enjoy learning about a player I didn’t know about before.

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    Rigneybot  3 months ago

    Three time all-star! How cool! Thanks for sharing, Robb!

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    fuzzbucket Premium Member 3 months ago

    Robb believes in self promotion.

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    mourdac Premium Member 3 months ago

    Another truly shameful chapter in U.S. history, banning Black players from the major leagues for 80+ years because of their skin color. How much has this nation lost by not allowing everyone to reach their potential because of this?

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    brianstreleckis  3 months ago

    As of now I’ve only seen the creator of Pearls Before Swine make himself a recurring character in his strip.

    I didn’t know this about Robb!

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    jtburgess Premium Member 3 months ago

    If that’s what this whole sequence is about, he sure went the long way around to get there.

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    random boredom  3 months ago

    Self-promotion and shading in one swoop. Nice!

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    pattiwinborne Premium Member 3 months ago

    Thank you so much for sharing that! I love baseball, and love hearing about people’s histories.

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    khjalmarj  3 months ago

    Hmmm… which wall are we breaking here?

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    elbow macaroni  3 months ago

    Pat yourself on the back much?

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    reedkomicks Premium Member 3 months ago

    This is soo cool!!

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    rugeirn  3 months ago

    I assume we’re talking about Eugene Benson the ball player, not Eugene Benson the opera librettist. By the way, GoComics will not allow you to name the league he played for, thereby committing a thoroughly racist act in the name of thought policing.

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    darcyandsimon  3 months ago

    I bet we’re about to learn something really cool!

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    bigplayray  3 months ago

    Hey Robb. I saw you on the Franklin special report on channel 2 with Greg Lee last night. Great job! I’m looking forward to seeing The Origins of Franklin! Thanks for keeping Sparky alive!

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    dennycatlett Premium Member 3 months ago

    I’ll put in a shameless plug for the NLBM in Kansas City, Missouri.

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    Outnumbered  3 months ago

    Nice tribute there, Mr. Armstrong! Something to be truly proud of.

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    jeanneno  3 months ago

    That’s a fantastic bit of trivia to work into the strip! Now I know another [GoComics won’t let me use the word] League player’s name. Thanks, Robb!

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    Robert Wilson Premium Member 3 months ago

    You haven’t really passed on as long as there is someone alive who remembers you.

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    Mike Baldwin creator 3 months ago

    No, who’s On First.

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    socalvillaguy Premium Member 3 months ago

    Is this breaking the fourth wall? The fifth? Love it!

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    LONNYMARQUEZ  3 months ago

    Robb as an older man, your strip and its values gives one hope for this uncertain world we live in

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    socalcarl  3 months ago

    Look up Gene Benson, he had quite the career!

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    Charlie Tuba  3 months ago

    This reminds me of the Peanuts strip on January 1, 1974. Lucy was watching the Rose Parade, and Linus asked if the Grand Marshall had gone by yet. She replied, “You just missed him, but he wasn’t anyone you have ever heard of.” (The Grand Marshall that year was Charles Schulz. – Breaking the Fourth Wall!)

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    Drbarb71 Premium Member 3 months ago

    Ooh tell me more about him! I hope you put his history in the strip!!

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    David Huie Green LosersBlameOthers&It'sYOURfault  3 months ago

    Nice plug for your own kin — good job, Robb.

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    Joseph.B.Prawer  3 months ago

    Robb Armstrong?

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    Joseph.B.Prawer  3 months ago

    Anything to get your name in the paper.

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    [Unnamed Reader - 14b4ce]  3 months ago

    Add Monte Irvin to the two-League list

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    [Unnamed Reader - 14b4ce]  3 months ago

    The last MLB team to integrate was the Boston Red Sox—-with a low-talent infielder named Pumpsie Green.

    He once said a million people had asked h im how he got the name. So he was going to write a book titled “How I GOt The name Pumpsie”,sell it for a dollar a copy and become a millionaire.

    It never happened.

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    rbwatson61  3 months ago

    I did not know that Robb! Cool!

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    tammyspeakslife Premium Member 3 months ago

    This made me and no doubt many others feel happy. Trivia is fun, personal trivia is awesome sauce!

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    samadartson  3 months ago

    Ha-ha! Good one, Robb!

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    harebell  3 months ago

    Unlike Robb Armstrong, Eugene Benson was real. ; )

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    Soo5002  3 months ago

    If my math is correct, he was 34 when the MLB color barrier was broken. A bit long in the tooth to be considered for the bigs. Still, Gene Benson was apparently a heckuva’ a player.

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    dnotkin Premium Member 3 months ago

    Clever 4th wall break.

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    plaidley  3 months ago

    ::insert Muttley laugh here::

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    Michael McKown Premium Member 3 months ago

    Did you do a 23-and-me thing, Robb? That’s way cool!

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    William Bludworth Premium Member 3 months ago

    So one of the Bodines is going to try to heist Eugene Benson’s HOF bust and plaque, then Mortimer is going to catch the Bodine while he’s trying to escape and trips over a new fictional character named ‘Robb Armstrong’?

    How many new characters is this strip gonna have?!

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    BallotBoxer  3 months ago

    Pretty meta for the legendary cartoonist, Robb Armstrong, to exist within the the JumpStart universe.

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    dennycatlett Premium Member 3 months ago

    Early in COVID I got out my old copy of The Baseball Encyclopedia and pretty much started reading it. The Encyclopedia contains the statistics of all the players in the Black American and Black National Leagues. A lot of excellent players.

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    kathlgoldman88 Premium Member 3 months ago

    What does he mean “who?” Robb Armstrong is very famous. I’ve been reading him for years!

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    I'm Sad  3 months ago

    You have to love “Franklin Armstrong”. Like “Franklin” in Peanuts…

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    dimndno  3 months ago

    Been following Jumpstart since the 90’s. Keep up the good work!

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    DKHenderson  3 months ago

    Nice plug!

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