Ball Four (CBS 1976, Bill McCutcheon, Ben Davidson)

Short lived boundary pushing sitcom Ball Four detailed the exploits, mainly locker room, of the staff and players of a baseball club. The series was based on a book by Jim Bouton, who also starred here. The team, the Washington Americans, were somewhat put out when one of the players, Jim Barton, decides to write a tell all series of articles for Sports Illustrated.

The series, which only lasted five episodes, was boundary pushing because here was a baseball team with the lid off and touched on subjects such as homosexuality, drug use and sex.

production details
USA | CBS | 5×25 minutes | 1976

Creator: Jim Bouton, Vic Ziegel, Marvin Kitman
Producer: Don Segall

cast
Bill McCutcheon
Ben Davidson
Jim Bouton
Marco St. John
Jaime Tirelli
David Carroll
Jack Somack
Samuel E. Wright

Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.