Ball Game, The (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

The Ball Game

  • Filmed: 195
  • Aired: 193
  • Original Air Date: 1966/10/03
  • Writer(s): Sid Morse
  • Director: Lee Phillips

Plot Summary

When Early Gilly takes ill, Andy takes over as umpire for the big Mayberry Little League game against Mount Pilot. The game is decided by a call at the plate when Opie slides into home and is called out by his father. The crowd erupts, and Andy gets an earful from town critics, who believe it was a bad call. He's forgiven when Howard's column in the Mayberry Gazette's sports page praises him for doing his best and for sticking by his decision. Helen has a snapshot of the play at the plate that shows Opie was indeed safe. She shows the photo to Aunt Bee and then rips it up, nipping the whole matter in the bud.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • This episode comes from a story written by Rance Howard.

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Howard McNear - Floyd Lawson
  • Aneta Corsaut - Helen Crump
  • Jack Dodson - Howard Sprague
  • George Lindsey - Goober Pyle
  • John Reilly - Billy