Ball Four

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CBS (ended 1976)

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Ball Four

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Jim Bouton, who wrote the book on which the show was based, played Jim Barton, a baseball player. The show was cancelled after CBS aired only five episodes.
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  • A great baseball comedy that wasn't given a chance.

    8.8
    A great baseball comedy that wasn't given a chance. If this is a show that you do not normally watch and you are sitting at home with nothing to do, you are going to wish you had it on tape. Having it "on tape" had become the generic term for recorded programs. Today you are more likely to have the show on Tivo or DVR than VHS, or god forbid Beta!! It is kind of like how a lot of people still call CD's "records" or "albums." Anyway, back to the show. This is the type of show that is really pretty good if you would just give it a chance. So on those cold, lonely, rainy days, pop in your tape or DVR or whatever if you were smart enough to tape it. If not, check to see if it is on as a re-run. After all, as they say, if you have never seen it, it is new to you.moreless
  • I had a good laugh out of watching Ball Four. In fact, not that the show was particularly humorous but there was something special, something unique that brought a smile to my face when I watched this.moreless

    9.9
    I had a good laugh out of watching Ball Four. In fact, not that the show was particularly humorous but there was something special, something unique that brought a smile to my face when I watched this. Definitely one of the highlights of my television experience this month.I love this very much!!!!1
  • Based upon a controversial book by Jim Bouton, this show took place mostly in a men\'s locker room. Low budget sitcom with only two experienced actors that never really caught on. Low-brow humor that couldn\'t even hook fans of the book.moreless

    6.0
    I had hoped this show would catch on. I\'d read Bouton\'s tell-all about the lives of big league ballplayers, and saw rough versions of the 1969 Seattle Pilots\' antics played out among these fictional Washington Americans. Had loads of fun picking out the characters from the book among the TV guys, but after a while it was no more than a series of inside jokes to an audience that either never tuned in or quickly lost interest. My local CBS affiliate pulled the plug after just two episodes, running local public affairs programing in its time slot.

    A more charismatic lead character might\'ve helped, but mostly this show needed time to develop, which in the days of the Big Three network monopoly was hard to come by. True, shows such as M*A*S*H did poorly at first, but this was no M*A*S*H.moreless

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