The tough education professional who wields a baseball bat to bring order to a troubled school has become something of a trope. I'm wondering what the first appearance was.
There was an 1982 exploitation film The Class of 1984 that may have set the precedent for the two subsequent films, but I can't recall if the teacher in that film used a baseball bat specifically (this movie poster suggests a lead pipe and blowtorch, but many melee weapons were employed in the movie, and the iconic nature of the baseball bat wielding educational professional had not yet been established...)
- Was Belushi's the first depiction of this archetype, or is there an earlier example?
Question amended to "bat wielding" to allow for cricket bats.