Little House on the Prairie

Season 2 Episode 4

In The Big Inning

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 01, 1975 on NBC
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It's time to play ball in Walnut Grove! After losing badly the previous year, the team knows that they need to find a more reliable pitcher than Nels Oleson, and Jebediah Mumfort's golden arm seems to be heaven-sent as he is immediately placed on the team. Everything is going beautifully until Walnut Grove becomes overly confident of their ability to win it all, and bets are made, prompting Mr. Mumfort's no-nonsense wife to forbid him from playing amidst such silly gambling. She is a woman who fiercely holds her ground with this, but Mr. Mumfort is a talent that the team cannot afford to lose, so they must pull together to make the betting concept seem more appealing to Mrs. Mumfort.

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Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Dabbs Greer

Dabbs Greer

Reverend Alden

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Dr. Hiram Baker

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Karl Swenson

Karl Swenson

Mr. Lars Hanson (1974 - 1978)

Gregory Walcott

Gregory Walcott

Slick McBurney

Guest Star

Karl Lukas

Karl Lukas

Jebediah Mumfort

Guest Star

June Dayton

June Dayton

Margaret Mumfort

Guest Star

Victor French

Victor French

Isaiah Edwards

Recurring Role

Bonnie Bartlett

Bonnie Bartlett

Grace Snider

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The batting order for Walnut Grove is different in the last inning then it was in the first inning, and no one caught them batting out of order. In the first inning, Dr. Baker hit before Mr. Edwards. In the last inning, Mr. Edwards hit before Dr. Baker.

    • Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary) doesn't appear in this episode until much later, in the baseball game scenes. She is oddly absent from all Ingalls family scenes before that.

    • When Mr. Mumford throws his first practice pitch, it hits Mr. Edwards square in the face and knocks him down. In reality, a baseball going at that speed would have probably killed him--sadly, it has happened to other people before. Mr. Edwards, however, didn't even get so much as a measly bruise!

    • Dr. Baker wears a uniform he says is from his college team, the "Mulligans". This is unlikely, as base ball was a gentleman's club sport when he would have been in college and the very first college challenge game (between Williams and Amherst) was in 1859 -- only about 15 years before this episode takes place.

    • Nitpick: On the scoreboard, Laura writes a 2 on Walnut Grove's side. The shape of the 2 changes the next time they show the board.

    • Goof: All the base ball (two words back then) players on the opposing team are wearing gloves when fielding. In the year depicted in this episode, only the catcher and occasionally the first baseman wore gloves. It wasn't until the late 1890s that all fielders wore them.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Nels: How do you expect me to pitch with a thing like this? It's not even round.
      Mr. Hanson: That's just for practice. I'm saving the game balls. And the way you throw, you won't even notice the difference.
      Nels: I did my best last year!
      Mr. Hanson: I know you did. And if you hadn't, we'd have something to look forward to this year.

    • Dr. Baker: (Explaining the catcher position to Mr. Edwards) Easiest position on the team, Edwards. Anything the pitcher throws, you catch it, you throw it right back to him. You don't even have to move.
      Mr. Edwards: Last time I heard about anything that easy, I wound up holding the bag on a snipe hunt.

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