The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Ball Game 

Andy is drafted to umpire a baseball game and then is shunned by the entire town when his call causes Mayberry to lose.


Lee Philips


Sidney Morse (teleplay by) (as Sid Morse), Rance Howard (story by)

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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle
Jack Dodson ... Howard Sprague
Aneta Corsaut ... Helen Crump
Howard McNear ... Floyd Lawson
John Reilly John Reilly ... Billy


When the regular umpire becomes unavailable, both sides agree that Andy is the logical choice to officiate at the big championship game between Mayberry and Mount Pilot. All goes well until Andy calls Opie out at the plate resulting in a Mount Pilot win. Goober, the Mayberry team manager, is furious and most of the townsfolk, including son Opie, won't even give Andy the time of day. It's clear to Andy that they didn't want an impartial umpire but one that would call the game in their favor and he doesn't hesitate to tell them so. Howard Sprague, who was covering the game for the local newspaper, writes a column that turns things around. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

3 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ron Howard has said that this is his favorite episode. See more »


When Opie, Aunt Bea, Helen, and Andy are in the living room reviewing the photographs taken by Helen at the ballgame, Andy comments that they are 'color' yet it is obvious that they are black and white. The only color picture is shown in a close-up shot, and that picture is pivotal to the plot. See more »


Sheriff Andy Taylor: Hi Floyd, how about a haircut?
Floyd Lawson: Got an appointment?
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Since when do I need an appointment?
Floyd Lawson: Since about 11:30 this mornin'.
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Run, Opie, run!
7 August 2017 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

I guess it's common knowledge now that this is Ron Howard's favorite episode of TAGS, and it's not hard to see why. Comedy, drama, baseball (and baseball on a real diamond and with wooden bats), color photography from an InstaMatic—they're all there. What a kick it must have been for the kids who got called up from the minors, so to speak, to play before the cameras. The camera might not lie, but it certainly doesn't prove anything in this case. The catcher could just as easily be pulling away from the pivotal tag as applying it. I always wonder, whenever I watch this episode, what became of the ballpark and what the surrounding geography looks like 50 years on. I love Goober's look of dismay as he half-heartedly tries to lift young Bruce's spirits after the latter strikes out in the ninth inning.What a different time it was, too—not one participation trophy to be seen.

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