Leave It to Beaver: Season 3, Episode 28

Ward's Baseball (9 Apr. 1960)

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Larry Mondello convinces Beaver to play catch using Ward's valuable autographed baseball, with disastrous results.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert 'Rusty' Stevens ...
Larry Mondello (as Rusty Stevens)


Ward finds an old memento of his from when he was a teenager: an autographed baseball signed by many of the biggest major league players of the day. Although the boys don't seem too interested in it since they don't know many or any of the names on the ball, Ward loves it so much he has a pedestal made for it so that he can display it in his den, and he plans on passing it down to the boys when they are old enough to appreciate it. Although Beaver knows it's wrong, Larry convinces him to play catch with the ball. The ball ends up in the street and gets run over by a truck and smashed. Beaver and Larry try and hide the fact of what they've done by replacing Ward's memento with an old baseball of Larry's and signing some names on it. After Ward finds out about the ruined baseball, he grounds Beaver for a week. As much as the grounding hurts Beaver, it affects others in the family as well. Ward gets a new perspective on the incident from Wally, who remembers back to a time when he was in... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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9 April 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Ward Cleaver: I just had to chase Larry away.
June Cleaver: I hope you weren't mean to Larry.
Ward Cleaver: I wasn't mean, dear, I was just firm.
Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver: Gosh Dad, Larry's just a kid. I don't know if he knows the difference.
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