Ball Four

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Ball Four
Premiere September 22, 1976
Finale October 27, 1976
Based on the book by
Jim Bouton
Developed by Jim Bouton,
Marvin Kitman,
Vic Ziegel
Network/Provider CBS
Style 30-minute sitcom
Seasons 1
Episodes 7 (2 unaired)
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

Ball Four is a sitcom that aired on CBS.

Ball Four followed the Washington Americans, a fictitious minor league baseball team, dealing with the fallout from a series of Sports Illustrated articles written by Americans player Jim Barton (Bouton). Like the book, the series covered controversial subjects including womanizing players, drug use, homosexuality in sports and religion. The series included a gay rookie ballplayer, one of the earliest regular gay characters on television.



Actor Character
Main Cast
Jim Bouton Jim Barton
Jack Somack John "Cappy" Capogrosso
David James Carroll Bill Westlake
Ben Davidson Ben "Rhino" Rhinelander
Bill McCutcheon Harold "Pinky" Pinkney
Marco St. John Rayford Plunkett
Lenny Schultz Lenny "Birdman" Siegel
Jaime Tirelli Orlando Lopez
Samuel E. Wright C.B. Travis


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 22, 1976 October 27, 1976 7


DVD Releases

There are no DVD releases for this show.

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