Sesame Street
Playing baseball
Air date February 23, 1987
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors U, Z, 5
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Biff tells the viewer that they're going to play a fun game today. Elmo wants to play, but Maria is out getting the equipment they need. In the meantime, Biff plays a guessing game with Elmo regarding the game they'll be playing. He gives Elmo some clues as to what they'll be using - something long, and thin on one end, and something round one can hold in their hand. Elmo fetches a carrot and tomato, guessing it might be a salad-making game. He then sees Maria with a baseball, bat, and other items and correctly guesses they're going to play baseball. Elmo instead feels like making a salad.
Cartoon A man (voiced by Jack Dodson) describes places that begin with U and what you can do with the letter U.
(First: Episode 0416)
Muppets Clementine hears water running, which reminds Forgetful Jones that he was about to do something. Using the clues at hand (a bar of soap, a backbrush, and a towel), Forgetful remembers that it's bath time. Buster's bath, that is...
(First: Episode 1666)
Cartoon A boy needs a letter U to complete the word UP.
(First: Episode 0416)
Film Human and animal babies learn to walk.
(First: Episode 1728)
SCENE 2 Maria and Joey invite Luis to play ball, but he passes. Maria confesses that she thinks he doesn't think he's good at it, but Joey insists on getting him in the game.
Cartoon A dog learns about U.
(First: Episode 0131)
Cartoon A cowboy adds two different herds of cows.
(First: Episode 2255)
Wishihadafriend Muppets Ernie doesn't want to play with Bert, who sings "I Wish I Had a Friend to Play With Me".
(First: Episode 1819)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for UP
(First: Episode 0650)
Film A look at how families do chores both on a farm and in the city.
(First: Episode 2226)
SCENE 3 Luis has agreed to practice playing ball, but doesn't get the hang of it. He states he's never been into playing baseball, even as a little kid. Joey understands, but Luis is still willing to try just for today.
Cartoon Drawing a kite that turns into a fish (w/ child voiceover).
(First: Episode 0222)
Muppets Waiter Grover prepares a table for a family who's celebrating their grandmother's birthday, but Grover doesn't know her name, so when each family member refers to her as a different relative each time, Grover thinks there's more than one party going on, so he ends up bringing out seven cakes.
(First: Episode 1958)
Cartoon A polar bear learns what "EXIT" means.
Animation: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0131)
Cast / Muppets Olivia sings about her "One Two Blues" with two Anything Muppets.
(First: Episode 1493)
Transition Bridge #16 - Hourglass Slow/Empty Bridge (0:08)
Insert The Count counts five children as they rearrange their positions.
(First: Episode 1439)
Cartoon An alien lands on Earth, looking for a Z to eat. He snatches one off a policeman's uniform, eats it, and rests.
(First: Episode 1481)
SCENE 4 The Count loves baseball because there are so many things to count. He counts the only ball and walks off with it.
Film Kids count 5 racehorses.
(First: Episode 0433)
Animation "¡Él juega beisbol!"
(First: Episode 2101)
SCENE 4 cont'd The Count also loves counting bats. Not baseball bats, but his own pet bats, whom he's named after famous baseball players.
Animation Five ghosts carry the number 5 into a haunted house.
Artist: Ishu Patel
(First: Episode 2255)
Film Two boys working at the family Mexican restaurant show how they prepare for the day, and how tacos and enchiladas are made.
(First: Episode 1890)
Muppets Ernie sings "Little Plant."
(First: Episode 2144)
Cartoon Z for zipper
(First: Episode 0025)
Muppets A Japanese storyteller tells "The Mystery of the Four Dragons". An aged emperor offers the throne to his son if he can find four hidden dragons in the room.
(First: Episode 0299)
Cartoon "Mad Goat Song"
Artist: Derek Lamb
(First: Episode 0771)
Muppets / Celebrity Ron Darling of the New York Mets shows Big Bird how he'd pitch a fastball.
(First: Episode 2093)
Film The Mad Painter #5
(First: Episode 0345)
Maria Chaplin brick exit
Cast Maria as Charlie Chaplin tries to leave through the door marked EXIT, but the sign keeps moving, and a brick wall appears behind each opened door. Finally, she makes her own exit through a hole in the wall.
(First: Episode 0832)
Film A trip to the doctor's office.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0471)
Muppets The Beetles are "Thinking of U."
(First: Episode 1486)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: A widow bird flies from one tree to another.
(First: Episode 0391)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie wants Bert to pretend to be mad, but Bert says that he can't, because he has nothing to feel angry about. Ernie asks Bert to pretend that he borrowed Bert's paper clip collection, and lost his favorite paper clip. The thought makes Bert really mad. Bert gets tired out, and tells Ernie that he can't get mad anymore. Ernie makes a confession -- he really did lose Bert's favorite paper clip.
(First: Episode 0216)
Cartoon Gloria sings the alphabet (uppercase version)
(First: Episode 0140)
SCENE 5 Everyone warms up to play baseball as the sponsors are announced.

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