Here’s a little something to get you through the dog days of winter, which is cheaper and slightly healthier than that Schlitz and red meat thing you’ve been doing.

A reader of our fabulous Facebook page dropped a link to a spectacular post at Old-Time Family Baseball that recalls a 1942 issue of Action Comics wherein Daily Planet reporters Clark Kent and Lois Lane are sent to Florida to cover spring training. This provides a chance for the Last Son of Krypton to step off the Metropolis crime beat, and drop some vintage 1940’s sexism while he’s at it:

Needless to say, Clark and Lois get derailed on their trip to Florida, but end up taking in a sandlot baseball game where they are immediately smitten with a heat-throwing lug of a pitcher. Clark inexplicably makes it his mission to get this guy into the bigs, turning into Superman — and likely ignoring major crimes and the ever-present threat of Communism — to make it happen.

You can see how it all turns out here, and I highly recommend it. The story is, if nothing else, a reminder of a simpler, perhaps better time for America. Before Superman got involved in, er, other pursuits.