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Hardball is an American baseball sitcom that aired Sunday nights at 8:30 pm on Fox from September 4, 1994 to October 23, 1994. The series premiered in the middle of the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike and was canceled around the time that the year's World Series would have been played.[1]

Hardball
Created by Jeff Martin
Kevin Curran
Starring Bruce Greenwood
Mike Starr
Joe Rogan
Phill Lewis
Dann Florek
Composer(s) Jonathan Wolff
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9 (2 unaired)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Interbang, Inc.
Magic Beans, Inc.
Touchstone Television
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network Fox
Original release September 4 – October 23, 1994 (1994-10-23)

Contents

PremiseEdit

The series focused on the players and staff of the Pioneers, a fictional American League baseball team. Among those shown were pitcher Dave Logan, who has been largely overlooked by MLB, catcher Mike Widmer, who is past his prime, team owner Mitzi Balzer, who is sharp-tongued and trying to get her team out of last place, public relations girl Lee Emory, who has her hands full with Mitzi and the team, center fielder Frank Valente, whose cocky high-priced "superstar" ways put him at odds with Dave. The first episode showed Mitzi firing the manager and replacing him with a timid man named Ernest "Happy" Talbot, who is unsure how to get the Pioneers working as a team.

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"TBATBASeptember 4, 1994 (1994-09-04)
2"Mike's Release"TBATBASeptember 11, 1994 (1994-09-11)
3"The Butt Winnick Story"TBATBASeptember 18, 1994 (1994-09-18)
4"Whose Strike Is It Anyway?"TBATBAOctober 2, 1994 (1994-10-02)
5"Frank Buys an Island, Mike Pays the Price"TBATBAOctober 9, 1994 (1994-10-09)
6"Lee's Bad, Bad Day"TBATBAOctober 16, 1994 (1994-10-16)
7"My Name is Hard B."TBATBAOctober 23, 1994 (1994-10-23)
8"See Spot Run"TBATBAUNAIRED
9"The Rookie, the Batgirl, the Coach and His Wife"TBATBAUNAIRED

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 506. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.

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