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Baseball

The Baseball from a Muppet Time sketch.

Wilkinsbaseball

Wilkins and Wontkins playing baseball.

Ewhats-baseball

Elmo as a baseball player.

Ferretjeeter

Famed Sequoia City Big Bats player Ferret Jeeter.

Playball

Ernie pretending to play baseball.

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Big Bird playing baseball.

Bear.baseball

Bear throwing out the first pitch.

Fozzie's grandpa

Fozzie's Grandpa teaches Fozzie how to juggle baseballs.

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Ernie baseball piggy bank.

Baseballmuppetkids

The Muppet Kids get ready to play baseball in New In Town.

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Miss Piggy in the 1993 Muppet Trading Cards set.

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Baseball is a sport played between two teams of nine players each, popularly known as America's national pasttime. Major League Baseball is the highest level of play in North America, operating since 1901. Composed of 30 teams, each team plays in its own unique park. The Chicago Cubs play at Wrigley Field, famous for its ivy covered outfield walls, and the New York Yankees play at Yankee Stadium, of which the original was nicknamed "The House That Ruth Built" after legendary player Babe Ruth.

Baseball has had a great impact in America's popular culture, including Ernest Thayer's 1888 poem "Casey at the Bat", and Abbott and Costello's famous "Who's on First" routine.

Characters

References

Sesame Street

  • Tom and a young boy have identical baseball gloves, so Tom writes his name on his glove's label in episode 300.
  • Luis sings the Classification Song in Spanish as he regroups baseball gloves and a baseball bat in episode 311.
  • Oscar can't make up his mind whether to use his baseball to practice his pitching or to use his pencil to write his uncle a letter. (EKA: Episode 0324)
  • Big Bird is mad at Lillian in episode 337 because she keeps saying no to anything he wants to do, including playing baseball.
  • Oscar disagrees about Luis' decisions as an umpire in a baseball game, but he's happy when the team loses in episode 685.
  • "Sluggo the Great" (David) puts on his baseball gear, but isn't sure which body parts to put them on in. (EKA: Episode 0811)
  • Ernie is a coach for his baseball team in a episode 944 sketch.
  • Big Bird doesn't want to play baseball at Camp Echo Rock during summer camp because he doesn't know how to play. Still, they have him play in the outfield, where he hits a home run in episode 1707.
  • In the Sesame Street opera parody "The Heartstrongs", Barnaby (David) comes downstairs to change shoelaces in order to play baseball. (EKA: Episode 2404)
  • A Muppet girl approaches a sad Herry and asks him what's wrong. He laments about being left out of the baseball game, and she offers to cheer him up by taking him to the zoo in episode 2620.
  • Gordon wants to take Elmo to a baseball game in episode 4042, but before they go, Elmo needs a fish-sitter to fish-sit Dorothy while they are gone.
  • Elmo wants to play with the Two Headed Monster, but they can't decide on whether to play baseball or hockey until Aaron and Nick Carter pass by and then everyone wants to sing in episode 4056.
  • Baby Bear asks Telly to play baseball, and he convinces Baby Bear to let Freddy play baseball with them. The doll's baseball skills prove to be sorely lacking in episode 4121.
  • In Episode 4132, Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus want to play baseball with Marco, but he is too young.
  • In episode 4174, Kaitlyn barters with Radar to obtain a baseball glove from Big Bird.
  • In a Ernie and Bert sketch, Ernie uses an electric fan to blow Bert's book away so he can play baseball with him. (EKA: Episode 3695) In another, Ernie is sad because it's raining and he can't play baseball. Bert encourages him to imagine that he's playing instead. (EKA: Episode 0706)
  • Another sketch features Ernie answering the telephone. Bert overhears the conversation, which involves a baseball game, a rainy day, and a gorilla stealing a baloney sandwich. When Bert asks who just called, Ernie says it was a wrong number. (EKA: Episode 0694) This was adapted into the book Ernie's Telephone Call.
  • Ernie plays imaginary baseball with the viewers in an episode of ‘’Play with Me Sesame’’.
  • In the song, "At the Bus Stop Sign", a boy named Lefty claims he needs to catch the number 9 bus to get to his baseball game.
  • Episode 0536 featured Bob dressed as a baseball player (among other athletes).
  • Three kids play Basketball and one plays baseball in episode 1149.
  • Bob asks which is not like the other among a grapefruit, an orange, a baseball, and a milk carton in episode 2947.
  • Animated segments featuring baseball include:
  • A bully won't give a kids' baseball back, and the boy imagines a few scenarios before ultimately calling for his dog. (EKA: Episode 0235)
  • A girl picks up a stick and imagines she is a circus magician, a conductor, and a baseball player. (EKA: Episode 1106)
  • "The Stranger", a song about a baseball team hesitantly allowing a newcomer to join them, who ends up helping them win the game. (EKA: Episode 2476)
  • Three characters try to watch a baseball game over a fence, then cooperate by stacking their blocks. (EKA: Episode 3774)
  • Thelma Thumb retrieves a lost baseball that has gone down a rabbit hole.
  • Sesame Street short films featuring baseball include:
  • A group of Hispanic children picking members for their baseball team. (EKA: Episode 0811)
  • Many Sesame books have featured baseball as either a passing reference, or as a focal point in its story:
  • Ernie wants to bring his baseball glove to show and tell in Ernie's Window.
  • Applause has made PVC figures of Ernie and Bert playing baseball.
  • Playskool made a wooden puzzle with the Sesame Street gang playing baseball.
  • In episode 2513, the cast sings about Springtime. Gordon says that during Spring, he partakes in baseball games.

The Muppet Show Characters

  • The 1993 Muppet Trading Cards set features cards showing Miss Piggy playing baseball ("Diamonds Are a Pig's Best Friend") and Animal and Fozzie playing baseball ("Animal Strikes Out!").
  • In an interview on Today promoting The Muppets Take Manhattan, Kermit mentions during his school days, he enjoyed playing baseball because he could catch flies.

Bear in the Big Blue House

Muppet Babies

International Productions

  • Pancho and the kids prepare to play baseball. They count off 9 players, 9 hats and 9 balls. Pancho then counts his 9 pitches, one of which hits him square on the head in episode 904 of Plaza Sésamo.
  • In another episode of Plaza Sésamo, Pancho goes to great lengths to get a soccer ball that he plans to play with with Lola and Daniela out from a tree. Once he does so, the girls tell him they are now playing baseball and need him to get their ball unstuck from a tree too.

Other References

  • On Dinosaurs, Sinclair City builds a new baseball stadium for the home of the newly formed team "The Central Pangaean Cavemen."

Gallery

Baseball Players

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