Hardball (1994 TV series)

Hardball was 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]

Created byJeff Martin
Kevin Curran
StarringBruce Greenwood
Mike Starr
Joe Rogan
Phill Lewis
Dann Florek
ComposerJonathan Wolff
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (2 unaired)
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesInterbang, Inc.
Magic Beans, Inc.
Touchstone Television
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 4 –
October 23, 1994 (1994-10-23)


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.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"John Whitesell & Peter BaldwinKevin Curran & Jeff MartinSeptember 4, 1994 (1994-09-04)
2"Mike's Release"Peter BaldwinTracy Newman & Jonathan StarkSeptember 11, 1994 (1994-09-11)
3"The Butt Winnick Story"Peter BaldwinBill FreibergerSeptember 18, 1994 (1994-09-18)
4"Whose Strike Is It Anyway?"Peter BaldwinMike Barker & Matt WeitzmanOctober 2, 1994 (1994-10-02)
5"Frank Buys an Island, Mike Pays the Price"Peter BaldwinLona WilliamsOctober 9, 1994 (1994-10-09)
6"Lee's Bad, Bad Day"Gil JungerLona WilliamsOctober 16, 1994 (1994-10-16)
7"My Name is Hard B."Gerry CohenBill FreibergerOctober 23, 1994 (1994-10-23)
9"The Rookie, the Batgirl, the Coach and His Wife"TBATBAUNAIRED


  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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