A small town sportswriter attending the World Series recognizes a young ballplayer as the son of former baseball hero who was banned for throwing a game.



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Episode cast overview:
Ruth Dahlberg
Buck Goodhue, alias Buck Garrison
Lyn Goodhue (as Pat Wayne)
Ed Shafer
Mr. Cully
Mr. White
William Forrest ...
Mr. Walker
Robert Lyden ...
Willie (as Robert Leyden)
Tiger Fafara ...


A reporter recognizes a hot young baseball player as the son of a former famous - and infamous - ballplayer who was accused of throwing the World Series. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





Release Date:

7 December 1955 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lyn Goodhue is seen playing for the New York Yankees wearing the number 4 on his uniform. The Yankees retired No. 4 on July 4, 1939, to honor its original wearer Lou Gehrig. See more »

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A pleasant installment of "Screen Directors Playhouse"
19 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting installment of "Screen Directors Playhouse" because it is directed by John Ford and stars John Wayne. Ward Bond (another Ford regular), Vera Miles, James Gleason and Patrick Wayne (John's son) co-star in this one.

When the show begins, Mike Cronin (Wayne) is a sports writer at a newspaper. He doesn't like this particular paper and is looking to make a name for himself so he can find a better newspaper job. His big chance occurs when he notices a similarity between a hot new rookie and a guy who was banned from baseball. Could the two be related? What's next? Give this excellent episode a look and see for yourself.

Overall, this is a well-written and worth addition to the show. Plus, it's John Wayne's TV debut...with John Freakin' Ford directing! So of course it's worth your time!

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