Mallet Memories: Dr. Pye is in Ohio…

There was a sign hanging near the start/finish of the F.O.P. back in my childhood.  It read “Dr. Pye is in Ohio and his mother is much worse”.

On it was depicted the foot of a player smashing his own bare appendage with a mallet while trying to send another player’s ball. I never really understood what it meant.

Who was Dr. Pye.  What happened during his trip to Ohio?  Whose foot is that?  Dr. Pye’s? His mother’s?  Why is she much worse?  Much worse than what?  (Does anyone out there know the answers to any of these questions?).

I’ve tried to recreate a facsimile of it below.

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