"Play Ball"


Leap Date:

August 6, 1961


Episode Adopted by: R. Joy Helvie

Synopsis:

As Lester "Doc" Fuller, a former major league pitcher stuck back in the minors again, Sam must get a hotshot rookie ballplayer back on the right track and away from drinking and self-destruction. In the meantime, Sam also has to ward off advances from his team's owner...and her daughter!

 

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Leap Date

Project Date
Name of the Person Leaped Into
Songs

Music Artists
Project Trivia
Sam Trivia
Al Trivia

Al's Women
Al's Outfits Worn in the Episode

Miscellaneous Trivia
Kiss with History
Writers
Director
Producers

Crew
Broadcast Date
Guest Stars
Guest Cast Notes
Guests who appeared in other Quantum Leap episodes
Cast members who have passed away
Personal Review
Best Lines
Best Scenes
Say what? (things in the episode that make no sense)
Quotable Quotes

Awards

 

 


BROADCAST DATE: September 25, 1991

PLACE: Galveston, Texas

DATE: August 6, 1961

LEAPEE: Lester "Doc" Fuller


SONGS:
"Traveling Man" -- Ricky Nelson


MISCELLANEOUS TRIVIA:
The Mustangs' mascot is Milo--a pig.

SAM TRIVIA:
**He finds Chucky to be awfully familiar; he later figures out that he reminds him of Al.

**This is because when Sam first came to Project Star Bright, he met Al in the lab one night after Al had been beating a vending machine with a hammer; the machine had eaten Al's dime. Beneath the anger and drunkenness, Sam saw a terrific guy. Sam helped Al sober up, thus saving him from being booted out of the Star Bright project.

AL TRIVIA:
**played in the Navy baseball league as a starting pitcher; had the lowest earned run average in the league; his number was 9

AL'S OUTFITS:
1) black vest with silver pattern, red slacks, dress shirt with a leafy pattern, thin dark red tie, black belt

2) copperish-tan slacks, dress shirt with abstract design in earth-tones, Navy baseball jersey (#9), Navy baseball cap, copper shoes

3) yellow suit with pinstripes, black dress shirt, metal-plated necktie, copper shoes, black belt

4) blue suit -- shimmery sleeves and lapels, white dress shirt, black bolo tie, silver shoes


AL'S WOMEN:
**he mentions twins at a fitness center that he wants, but hasn't got


GUESTS IN OTHER QL EPS:
**Royce D. Applegate played "Sheriff Blount" in the earlier episode "The Color of Truth". (Jan 1, 2003 -- house fire)

**Michael Bellisario also played a little boy in "Camikazi Kid", "Martin, Jr." in "A Tale of Two Sweeties", and "Kid #2" in "Mirror Image". (DPB's son)

**Hank Robinson--who played an Umpire in this episode--also played an Umpire in "Genesis, Part II".


PERSONAL REVIEW:
I like this episode because it gives us insight as to how Sam and Al met. I also love the way history was eerily repeating itself near the end.


SAM'S BEST LINE:
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?


AL'S BEST LINE:
"It's right here in yellow and pink. And green, and blue, and orange, and purple..."

BEST SCENE:
Best scene has definitely got to be when Sam recalls how he and Al met...

AL: What are you so interested in this kid for anyway?
SAM: 'Cause he reminds me of you.
AL: What?
SAM: Remember the first time we met, Al? You were on the Starbright Project... and, uh, I came into the lab and you were smashing the vending machine with a hammer.
AL: Oh, ah... It ate my dime.
SAM: Yeah. You were drunk and angry and the government wanted to wash you out of the project completely, but I stopped them because I knew that underneath all that booze and that anger was a pretty terrific person.


QUOTABLE QUOTES:
http://www.quantumleap-alsplace.com/quotes/playball.htm


GUEST CAST NOTES:
Michael Bellisario, who plays the bat boy, is Don Bellisario's son. He made many appearances in QL, and he currently has a recurring role as Bud's brother in "JAG".


GUEST STARS WHO HAVE PASSED ON SINCE:
Royce D. Applegate sadly passed away on January 1, 2003 in a house fire in Hollywood Hills, California.

GUEST CAST:
Chucky Myerwich: Neal McDonough
Margaret Twilly: Maree Cheatham
Manager: Don Stroud
Bunny: Courtney Gebhart
Warren Monroe: Peter Jason
Talent Scout: Casey Sander
Radio Reporter: Royce D. Applegate
Billy, the bat boy: Michael Bellisario
Jorge: Juan Garcia
Ryker: Chuck Fick
Eagle Manager: Russel Lunday
First Umpire: Hank Robinson
Immigration Officer: David B. Maccabee
Lester "Doc" Fuller (mirror): Owen Rutledge

CREW:

Executive Producer:
Donald P. Bellisario

Written by:
Tommy Thompson

Directed by:
Joe Napolitano

Theme by:
Mike Post

Music by:
Velton Ray Bunch

Co-Executive Producers:
Deborah Pratt
Michael Zinberg

Supervising Producer:
Harker Wade

Produced by:
Jeff Gourson
Tommy Thompson
Chris Ruppenthal
Paul Brown

Associate Producer:
James S. Giritlian

Coordinating Producer:
David Bellisario

Story Editor:
Paris Qualles

Director of Photography:
Michael Watkins, A.S.C.

Production Designer:
Cameron Birnie

Edited By:
Jon Koslowsky
Michael S. Stern

Unit Production Manager:
Ron Grow

1st Assistant Director:
Ryan Gordon

2nd Assistant Director:
Kate Yurka

Casting by:
Anne Winthrop

Set Decorator:
Robert L. Zilliox

Costume Designer:
Jean-Pierre Dorleac

Costume Supervisor:
David Rawley

Art Director:
Ellen Dambros-Williams

Sound Mixer:
Barry D. Thomas

Stunt Coordinator:
Diamond Farnsworth

Sound Editor:
Greg Schorer

Music Editor:
Bruce Frazier

Panaflex camera and lenses by PANAVISION

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