Arthur Baer

Arthur "Bugs" Baer (January 9, 1886 – May 17, 1969) was an American journalist and humorist. Baer was prominent in the New York City journalism and entertainment scene for many years and worked as a sports journalist and cartoonist. Called by The New York Times "one of the country's best-known humorists," he wrote the humor column "One Word Led to Another" for the King Features Syndicate (the Hearst papers).

Known as a source of quips that were often repeated by others (he invented the nickname "Sultan of Swat" for Babe Ruth), Milton Berle was known as one of the people to have "tapped his wit... admitting that when he needed fresh humor, he would invite Mr. Baer to spend an hour or two with him at Toots Shor's."

Birth and Death Data: Born January 9th, 1886 (Philadelphia), Died May 17th, 1969 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: author, speaker, lyricist

Notes: Name appears in ledgers as A.B. Baer and Arthur Bugs Baer. As newspaper columnist, humorist and cartoonist, he used the nickname, Bugs Baer.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-64373 10-in. 11/24/1930 Talk on Radiotron Arthur Baer Monologue speaker, author  
Columbia 3778 10-in. ca. 1907-Feb. 1908 Old dog Sport Gilbert Girard ; Len Spencer Descriptive scene, with animal imitations author  
Brunswick E18686-E18688 10-in. 4/6/1926 When I’m with you I’m lonesome Harry Archer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  


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