Quantum Leap

Season 4 Episode 2

Play Ball

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Sep 25, 1991 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Al: That's fine if it's a hand grenade, but it's baseball. You've got to treat it like a woman.
      Sam: Why does everything come down to being a woman with you?

    • Chucky: I'd have been in a lot of trouble here if Doc hadn't made that leap.
      Al: You can say that again, kid.

  • Notes

    • Donald Bellisario's son, Michael, played the bat boy.

    • Interestingly, Sam is referred to as "Doc" in this episode while he has to look after the team's mascot, a pig.

      In the Season One episode "How the Tess Was Won", Sam was also called Doc and had to take care of a pig.

      Both characters also wore glasses.

    • During the baseball game, Sam attempts to slide into third base head first. When he stops short, Chucky asks him where he learned to slide like that.

      Sam previously did the same slide the original time he leaped into a baseball player, which had resulted in him winning the game.

    • In this episode, we learn Al has had problems with alcohol in the past.

    • This episode marks the second time that Sam leaps into a baseball player, the first being Tim Fox in the second half of the "Quantum Leap" pilot "Genisis (Part 2)."

    • Al tells Sam that Doc's major league career hit the skids when Doc hit a batter in the head with a pitch (in the days before helmets were required) and killed him. In real life, the only major league player to die in this fashion was Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians, who died after being beaned by Carl Mays of the Yankees on August 17, 1920. Although Mays would be haunted by the incident, unlike Doc, he recovered to have a solid major league career.

    • The female team owner at one point remarks that her late husband dressed up in women's clothing and pretended he was Judy Garland. Garland was something of a icon to many gays during her lifetime.

    • Plently of gay jokes here. At one point when Sam is talking about how Doc must been sleeping with the baseball owner, Al thinks he is talking about the male coach. Another the fellow team member says that he was worried that the female team owner might have found out about "us" [the innendo being him and Doc].

  • Allusions

    • The plot is a loose combination of the movies "Field of Dreams" and "Bull Durham." "Field of Dreams" is ultimately about a son reuniting with his father. "Bull Durham" is about an immature minor league baseball player and his mentor who both work to get the young player to the major league.

    • Al calls the owner's daughter, an underage girl who flirts with the ballplayers, Lolita.

      Lolita was a movie from 1962 (and it's remake in 1997) about a middle-age man who has a sexual relationship with a underage girl.

    • "When that scout sees you, you'll be bigger than Sandy Koufax" -- Sandy Koufax was a mediocre pitcher before 1961, and merely a pretty good one in '61. He didn't become really good until '62, and didn't dominate until '63. That's like saying that someone will be bigger than Bronson Arroyo.