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==Plot==
 
==Plot==
Fred hears thumps, from his house's roof, of what he believes is hail- in July. Actually, impact of baseballs on the roof is the source of the sound, baseballs batted from the street by practicing youngsters of the Stone Age Pee-Wee League. Their coach: Barney. Their team name: the Giants, despite their minuscule size.
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Fred hears thumps, from his house's roof, of what he believes is hail- in July. Actually, impact of baseballs on the roof is the source of the sound, baseballs batted from the street by practicing youngsters of the Stone Age Pee-Wee League. Their coach: Barney. Their team name: the Giants, despite their minuscule size.
   
Arnold the rock-newspaper delivery boy and Mr. Slate's son, Eugene, are some of the Giants, and Fred is persuaded to umpire their practice game, proving with his "big mouth" and overbearing manner to be an excellent umpire prospect for the Bug Leagues. Barney introduces Fred to a Major League Baseball representative, who will hire Fred to officiate in the Major Leagues pending Fred's performance as umpire at a Pee-Wee League game upon which the fathers of Bedrock, including Mr. Slate, base their respect of their sons and which Fred is urged to officiate with favoritism to the home team.
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Arnold the rock-newspaper delivery boy and Mr. Slate's son, Eugene, are some of the Giants, and Fred is persuaded to umpire their practice game, proving with his "big mouth" and overbearing manner to be an excellent umpire prospect for the Bug Leagues. Barney introduces Fred to a Major League Baseball representative, who will hire Fred to officiate in the Major Leagues pending Fred's performance as umpire at a Pee-Wee League game upon which the fathers of Bedrock, including Mr. Slate, base their respect of their sons and which Fred is urged to officiate with favoritism to the home team.
   
The Major League representative pep-talks Fred to be without bias, unwavering, abrasive, and eager to be hated if that is the result of his unquestionable honesty, and in the Pee-Wee League game against the Grittsburg Pyrites, Fred's crucial decision in a runner/catcher "close call" at home plate is honest and true- and contrary to the Giants, who lose the game. Fred is bombarded by soda pop bottles by the irate fathers of the Giants, and an anonymous person throws a note attached to a rock through a Flintstone home window, saying, "Reverse your decision-- or else."
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The Major League representative pep-talks Fred to be without bias, unwavering, abrasive, and eager to be hated if that is the result of his unquestionable honesty, and in the Pee-Wee League game against the Grittsburg Pyrites, Fred's crucial decision in a runner/catcher "close call" at home plate is honest and true- and contrary to the Giants, who lose the game. Fred is bombarded by soda pop bottles by the irate fathers of the Giants, and an anonymous person throws a note attached to a rock through a Flintstone home window, saying, "Reverse your decision-- or else."
   
 
The Giants march to Fred's door to apologize for their fathers' poor sportsmanship, and Fred joins the boys in appearing before the fathers of Bedrock and informing them that the Giants will found their own, secret sandlot and play baseball entirely for fun- without adult interference.
 
The Giants march to Fred's door to apologize for their fathers' poor sportsmanship, and Fred joins the boys in appearing before the fathers of Bedrock and informing them that the Giants will found their own, secret sandlot and play baseball entirely for fun- without adult interference.
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*[[Arnold]]
 
*[[Arnold]]
 
*[[Mr. Slate]]
 
*[[Mr. Slate]]
*Eugene Slate <small>(only appearance)</small>
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*[[Eugene Slate]] <small>(only appearance)</small>
 
*Clarence <small>(only appearance)</small>
 
*Clarence <small>(only appearance)</small>
 
*Melvin <small>(only appearance)</small>
 
*Melvin <small>(only appearance)</small>
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*Baseball bats
 
*Baseball bats
 
*Baseball gloves
 
*Baseball gloves
*Glass soda-pop bottles <small>(only appearance)</small>
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*Glass soda-pop bottles <small>(only appearance)</small>
 
*''The Power of Positive Umpiring'' book <small>(only appearance)</small>
 
*''The Power of Positive Umpiring'' book <small>(only appearance)</small>
   
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|-
 
! [[Jean Vander Pyl]]
 
! [[Jean Vander Pyl]]
| [[Wilma Flintstone]]<br>Clarence<br>Melvin<br>Norman<br>Sandy
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| [[Wilma Flintstone]]<br />Clarence<br />Melvin<br />Norman<br />Sandy
 
|-
 
|-
 
! [[Mel Blanc]]
 
! [[Mel Blanc]]
| [[Barney Rubble]]<br>[[Dino]]<br>Sniper<br>Brontosaurus
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| [[Barney Rubble]]<br />[[Dino]]<br />Sniper<br />Brontosaurus
 
|-
 
|-
 
! [[Bea Benaderet]]
 
! [[Bea Benaderet]]
| [[Betty Rubble]]<br>Eugene Slate
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| [[Betty Rubble]]<br />[[Eugene Slate]]
 
|-
 
|-
 
! Hal Smith
 
! Hal Smith
| J. Walter Amalgam<br>Pa<br>Red Blabbermouth
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| J. Walter Amalgam<br />Pa<br />Red Blabbermouth
 
|-
 
|-
 
! [[John Stephenson]]
 
! [[John Stephenson]]
| [[Mr. Slate]]<br>Arnold's Father
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| [[Mr. Slate]]<br />Arnold's Father
 
|-
 
|-
 
! [[Don Messick]]
 
! [[Don Messick]]
| [[Arnold]]<br>Kid #2
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| [[Arnold]]<br />Kid #2
 
|}
 
|}
 
==Notes/Trivia==
 
==Notes/Trivia==
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*Fred mentions Mr. Slate's son, Eugene Slate, but a sign on Slate's office doors says Sam Slate.
 
*Fred mentions Mr. Slate's son, Eugene Slate, but a sign on Slate's office doors says Sam Slate.
 
*Fred is reading aloud from the book on how to be an umpire and comes to the line "continued next page" but then turns the page backwards to the previous page.
 
*Fred is reading aloud from the book on how to be an umpire and comes to the line "continued next page" but then turns the page backwards to the previous page.
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{{Season 2 (The Flintstones (1960))}}
 
{{Season 2 (The Flintstones (1960))}}
 
[[Category:Episodes]]
 
[[Category:Episodes]]

Revision as of 21:09, March 26, 2020

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is the thirty-second episode of the second season of The Flintstones. It aired on April 27, 1962.

Synopsis

Fred becomes a Little League umpire, but is unprepared for the intensity of the competition among the kids' parents.

Plot

Fred hears thumps, from his house's roof, of what he believes is hail- in July. Actually, impact of baseballs on the roof is the source of the sound, baseballs batted from the street by practicing youngsters of the Stone Age Pee-Wee League. Their coach: Barney. Their team name: the Giants, despite their minuscule size.

Arnold the rock-newspaper delivery boy and Mr. Slate's son, Eugene, are some of the Giants, and Fred is persuaded to umpire their practice game, proving with his "big mouth" and overbearing manner to be an excellent umpire prospect for the Bug Leagues. Barney introduces Fred to a Major League Baseball representative, who will hire Fred to officiate in the Major Leagues pending Fred's performance as umpire at a Pee-Wee League game upon which the fathers of Bedrock, including Mr. Slate, base their respect of their sons and which Fred is urged to officiate with favoritism to the home team.

The Major League representative pep-talks Fred to be without bias, unwavering, abrasive, and eager to be hated if that is the result of his unquestionable honesty, and in the Pee-Wee League game against the Grittsburg Pyrites, Fred's crucial decision in a runner/catcher "close call" at home plate is honest and true- and contrary to the Giants, who lose the game. Fred is bombarded by soda pop bottles by the irate fathers of the Giants, and an anonymous person throws a note attached to a rock through a Flintstone home window, saying, "Reverse your decision-- or else."

The Giants march to Fred's door to apologize for their fathers' poor sportsmanship, and Fred joins the boys in appearing before the fathers of Bedrock and informing them that the Giants will found their own, secret sandlot and play baseball entirely for fun- without adult interference.

Characters

Locations

Objects

  • Yabba-Dabba-Dewberry Pie (only appearance)
  • Daily Slate news-slabs
  • Official Pee-Wee League Baseball (only appearance)
  • Baseballs
  • Baseball bats
  • Baseball gloves
  • Glass soda-pop bottles (only appearance)
  • The Power of Positive Umpiring book (only appearance)

Animals

Vehicles

Cast

Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Clarence
Melvin
Norman
Sandy
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Dino
Sniper
Brontosaurus
Bea Benaderet Betty Rubble
Eugene Slate
Hal Smith J. Walter Amalgam
Pa
Red Blabbermouth
John Stephenson Mr. Slate
Arnold's Father
Don Messick Arnold
Kid #2

Notes/Trivia

  • Per the title, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is an early-20th century Tin Pan Alley song which is traditionally sung during the seventh-inning stretch of a baseball game.
  • The calendar says it is July, yet Arnold (who is a brunette this time) is in school.
  • The Grittsburg Pyrites are the opponents of the Bedrock Pee Wee Baseball Team (The Giants).
  • The boys on the team are 7 years old. Besides Eugene, some of the other boys are Clarence, Melvin, Norman, and Sandy.

Errors

  • Fred mentions Mr. Slate's son, Eugene Slate, but a sign on Slate's office doors says Sam Slate.
  • Fred is reading aloud from the book on how to be an umpire and comes to the line "continued next page" but then turns the page backwards to the previous page.


Season 2 of The Flintstones
"The Hit Songwriter" • "Droop-Along Flintstone" • "The Missing Bus" • "Alvin Brickrock Presents" • "Fred Flintstone Woos Again" • "The Rock Quarry Story" • "The Soft Touchables" • "Flintstone of Prinstone" • "The Little White Lie" • "Social Climbers" • "The Beauty Contest" • "The Masquerade Ball" • "The Picnic" • "The House Guest" • "The X-Ray Story" • "The Gambler" • "A Star is Almost Born" • "The Entertainer" • "Wilma's Vanishing Money" • "Feudin' and Fussin'" • "Impractical Joker" • "Operation Barney" • "The Happy Household" • "Fred Strikes Out" • "This is Your Lifesaver" • "Trouble-in-Law" • "The Mailman Cometh" • "The Rock Vegas Story" • "Divided We Sail" • "Kleptomaniac Caper" • "Latin Lover" • "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
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