Sesame Street
Telly learns about baseball
Air date April 22, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Production November 7, 1991
Sponsors B, U, 20
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Maria introduces the finalists for the "Best Cat on Sesame Street Contest." Chicago the lion, finalist #3, believes he'll be the winner, citing how well he did in the swimsuit and talent sections. An Anything Muppet emcee announces the winner - Chicago! The kids bestow a tiara and flowers upon him, as the man sings a tribute to their winner.
Cartoon Mi kat iz ... gone.
(First: Episode 1967)
Celebrity Smokey Robinson performs “U Really Got a Hold on Me” with a clingy letter U.
(First: Episode 2022)
Cartoon A boy needs a letter U to complete the word UP.
(First: Episode 0416)
Film A man (voice of Jim Thurman) finds a magic remote control that makes things go up and down. He tests it on various objects. When he presses "down" for a bridge, it crumbles and falls into the river below, prompting him to abandon the remote and slink away. A girl then finds it and makes the bridge go back up.
(First: Episode 2614)
Cartoon Birds appear around the numerals one through twenty as jazz music plays.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0134)
SCENE 2 Oscar makes Maria watch over Irvine while he steps out. She tries to get the Grouch baby to calm down, especially when an AM man complains about the noise while he reads his book (Fun with Grout). Irvine stops crying once and argument ensues and they keep it going to lull her to sleep. Oscar returns and is upset with how Maria's handled Irvine - Grouch babies love crying and he wakes her up to prove it.
Cartoon A baby and father illustrate up and down.
(First: Episode 2687)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover talks to Chelsea about what their eyes, ears, nose, and mouth can do. Chelsea mentions that they both have them and also have hands, feet, bellies, necks, arms, backs, and shoulders. Grover replies they have a cornucopia of parts, which means they have a lot of good stuff.
(First: Episode 2389)
Song "Elbows and Knees"
(First: Episode 2641)
Cartoon Letter B/b (bouncing circles)
(First: Episode 2222)
SCENE 3 Big Bird and the Birdketeers are pretending to play school and recruit Gordon to be their teacher since he actually is one. However, as Gordon tries to begin his lesson, Big Bird continuously gives him notes until he pretty much becomes the role of teacher himself.
Film A bulldozer moves dirt up a construction site.
(First: Episode 0799)

Muppets The Count's main jumping-over-the-bed flock of sheep quits on him, so he calls the "24 Hour Emergency Counting Service". A reluctant deliveryman in sheep's clothing laments, "It's not an easy way to make a livin' ..."
(First: Episode 2122)
Film Trees are very nice places, for animals and for people.
(First: Episode 0455)
Animation Rubber Stamp #20
(First: Episode 2935)
SCENE 4 Oscar and Telly demonstrate how to count to 20 as Telly lifts a heavy barbell 20 times. Oscar makes him do it once more. When he suggests a third time, Telly instead hands the barbell to Oscar to finish; the weight sends him falling right down his trash can.
Song "Ookyook Song," a Joe Raposo song with the Alaskan words for all the things you need to put on when it's ukiuq (winter).
(First: Episode 2360)
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 Kermit sings to the titular tadpole about the life awaiting it when it grows up to be a frog, but tells it to take its time growing up.
(First: Episode 2327)
Animation Shake / lake / bake / take / make
(First: Episode 2935)
SCENE 5 Telly wants Maria to read him a book about baseball. She barely gets through the first sentence, when he suggests she read it while wearing a baseball cap. He then asks her to take it off, then put it back several times until he concludes he'll wear it...or should he?
Cartoon "Next To Song"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2851)
Film A Navajo boy who lives in the desert talks about how his family has to pump water from the ground.
(First: Episode 2646)
Muppets Ernie wakes up and tells Bert it's time to get up, but notices that Bert isn't in his bed. He slowly ponders what happened to his best friend, coming to the conclusion that maybe some Martians took him away in their spaceship. As it turns out, Bert just got up early to fix some oatmeal. Ernie is relieved... until a real spaceship lands and the Martians enter the room.
(First: Episode 1208)
Film Two kids play drums as animated kid-drawn figures clap with the beat.
(First: Episode 2847)
SCENE 6 Telly points out how three items related to baseball - the base, ball and bat, all start with the letter B. A bat flies in with a hat and mitt and declares himself a baseball bat. Telly fails to get the joke.
Film A girl narrates a film about how things are recycled around the world.
(First: Episode 2913)
Cartoon Letter B becomes a banana and broccoli
(First: Episode 2513)
Muppets Grover appears in a library to tell the viewers about what a library is. The librarian, however, keeps telling Grover to be quieter, until he can barely even be heard.
(First: Episode 0287)
Song Everyone has the same feelings, "No Matter What." Kids of all types play with a huge beach ball.
(First: Episode 2782)
SCENE 7 The bat tries to explain his joke to Telly, who still doesn't comprehend it. After Maria announces the sponsors, Telly finally breaks out into a laughing fit. "There's gotta be an easier way to tell a joke around here," the bat remarks.


  • This was the first episode scripted by Muppet performer Joey Mazzarino. He recalled years later:

My first Street scene that I wrote, I just remember there were a lot of stupid, obvious, punny things like the Count with a bat, but it was a baseball bat. I remember being in the control room, and Jon Stone was there and he didn’t know I was there, and someone said, “Should we do it again?” and he said, “It’s not worth it.” At the time, I was so crushed, but looking back, he was right. I didn’t know what I was doing.[1]


  1. Hennes, Joe. "A Chat with Joey Mazzarino, part 1", February 23, 2009.

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