Jessica visits her nephew Johnny, recently recruited onto a Major League Baseball team, and then must solve the murder of a scheming news reporter.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Eaton
Doc Evans
Tim Dunigan ...
Charley Holcomb / Freddy Masters
Harry Dial
Shea Farrell ...
Pete Briggs
Loretta Lee
Roz Briggs
Robert Mandan ...
Irving Randolph
Lt. Caceras
Al Sidell
Kel Murray
Rick Dean ...
Mike Warlop
Young Officer
Ed Hooks ...


Jessica visits the Scottsdale, Arizona training of the Tucson Comets, which her nephew Johnny Eaton and his mate Charley Holcomb just transferred to. Shortly after suave Charley cuts short his date with sports reporter Loretta Lee after she mentioned his Dixie past, she's found murdered in that hotel room. Lt. Caceras first assumes a robbery, then arrests Charley having found out his false identity. Jessica believes in his innocence and snoops on for baseball-related motives. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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7 May 1989 (USA)  »

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As he did in several other "Murder, She Wrote" scripts, writer Donald Ross named several of the characters after jazz musicians. John Eaton is a pianist and jazz educator. Doc Evans was a traditional jazz cornetist from the 1930's until his death in 1977. Pete Briggs was the tuba player for Louis Armstrong's Hot Seven in 1927. Harry Dial was a drummer who also worked with Armstrong. Irving Randolph was a 1930's trumpeter who played with Cab Calloway. Lt. Caceres is named after 1940's baritone saxophonist Ernie Caceres. Kel Murray was a non-jazz bandleader who shared the 1935 "Let's Dance" broadcasts with Benny Goodman and Xavier Cugat. Mike Warlop is named after 1930's French jazz bandleader Michel Warlop. There is also an unseen but mentioned character named Flip Phillips, after the star tenor saxophonist from Woody Herman's First Herd in the mid-1940's. See more »


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Knocking One Outside of the Baseball Park
15 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anne Lockhart and Roxanne Reese portray the roles of dedicated sporting wives, who accompany their baseball-playing husbands to spring training camp, where murder is soon to follow.

Scottsdale, Arizona, marks the setting for this episode featuring professional baseball team hopefuls, including Kel Murray (Beau Billingslea), Pete Briggs (Shea Farrell), Johnny Eaton (Todd Bryant), Mike Warlop (Rick Dean), Avery Burns (Jake Jacobs) and Charlie Holcomb/Freddy Masters (Tim Dunigan), who has had to change his identity after serving prison time to qualify for the team.

Doc Evans (Bernie Casey) serves to nurse team members from pain and injuries, while Managers Irving Randolph (Robert Mandan) and Harry Dial (Vince Edwards) keep an eye on operations from field to locker room.

Television Sports Reporter Loretta Lee (Terri Garber) covers events before and behind the scenes for her station's pre-game program, while threatening to expose secrets harbored by various players and managers. (Note: this Loretta Lee is not to be confused with another Loretta Lee, in "MSW" #11.5).

Kel's wife, Nancy Murray (Roxanne Reese), and Pete's wife, Roz Briggs (Anne Lockhart), spend game time as spectators, along with sportswriter Al Sidell (Paul Sorvino), who helps to explain the game to others around the seating area.

Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) makes her second journey into Arizona this season, to attend a baseball game for the purpose of catching up with nephew Johnny Eaton, and, of course, to prove Johnny and his friend Charlie/Freddy innocent of murder when they stumble across a body in a room upon the floor of their hotel.

With another nephew in trouble, Jessica eagerly assists Lieutenant Caceras (Reni Santoni), who investigates the murder scene, in which the victim has been lunged against a chest of drawers, with fragments of broken glass lying about the carpeting.

Secrets begin to emerge, turning teammate against teammate, and officials against players, for when murder stalks the baseball diamond, it's "Three Strikes, You're Out!"

The cast is rounded out by Harry Robinson as Umpire, David Elliott as Young Officer, Ed Hooks as Bellman, and Harry Woolf as Fan.

This episode represents the first of two "MSW" appearances for Reni Santoni, the second of two for Harry Woolf, the first of three for David Elliott, and the third of four "MSW" performances each for Anne Lockhart and Shea Farrell.

In addition to his acting credits, Todd Bryant has also performed in the capacity of Stunt artist for nearly three decades. Vince Edwards, acting in film and on television since 1947, has unfortunately since passed.

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