- The Baseball Bunch
show_name = The Baseball Bunch
runtime = 30 minutes
Major League Baseball
Johnny Bench Tommy Lasorda The San Diego Chicken
country = USA
March 21 1982
January 1 1985
num_seasons = 3
imdb_id = 355065
"The Baseball Bunch" was a syndicated television show hosted by
Johnny Benchthat ran from March 21, 1982 until January 1, 1985. "The Baseball Bunch" was shown nationally on WTBS at 7 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday mornings.
The show ran thirty minutes and featured children chosen from the
Tucson, ArizonaLittle League. Each show was divided into two halves. The first half featured a current or former major league player demonstrating a baseball fundamental to the children as well as their sometimes humorous attempts to imitate the star. The second half featured a skit called "The Dugout Wizard" (played by Tommy Lasorda) who taught a second baseball fundamental (for example, use two hands to catch a fly ball). This second instructional unit was usually accompanied by a music video (then a genrein its embryonic stage) that showed players either performing the act or failing at it. Another star of the show was The San Diego Chicken.
Notable guest stars
Numerous major leaguers made appearance on "The Baseball Bunch", including
Bucky Dent, Tug McGraw, Bruce Sutter, Keith Hernandez, Jim Rice, Frank Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose(who appeared twice), Andre Dawson, Cal Ripken, Jr., Ted Williams, Ken Singleton, Dan Quisenberry, Graig Nettles, Rick Dempsey, Tom Seaver, Joe Morganand Ozzie Smith.
The following persons were featured the first two seasons of "The Baseball Bunch".
Stacy Blytheas Michelle
Linda Coslettas Kate
Lance Crawfordas Ozzie
Hurst Dornanas Harold
Jared Hollandas Sam
Erik Leeas Rick
Danny Santacruzas Louie
Eddy Tonaias Freddie
*Tom McCabe as Andy
In later seasons, other appearances were made by:
Tom Cribeas Billy
John Fordneyas Sherman (who replaced Hurst Dornan)
*According to the
Jump the Sharkwebsite, Jared Holland attended Kansas State Universityand was a good debater. The same article claims Holland later committed suicide.
Lou Piniella's playing career was ended in 1984 when he injured his rotator cuff on the show while being pitched to by The San Diego Chicken. However, Ted Giannoulas, the man inside the Chicken suit, in a 2007 podcast interview said the Piniella story was a "really big fable": "I read that on something called Wikipedia and I couldn't believe it. I laughed out loud. Lou Piniella was never injured in the making of The Baseball Bunch."
* [http://www.jumptheshark.com/topic/baseball-bunch-general-comments/161 Jump The Shark - The Baseball Bunch]
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