Voyagers! (1982–1983)
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Cleo and the Babe 

Cleopatra inadvertently travels to New York City in 1927 and helps out Lucky Luciano kidnap Babe Ruth. In 1919, Jeff and Phineas convince Babe Ruth to give up pitching and become the home run hitting champion he is more famous for.


Bernard McEveety


James D. Parriott (creator), Jill Donner (as Jill Sherman) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon-Erik Hexum ... Phineas Bogg
Meeno Peluce ... Jeffrey Jones
Michael Gregory ... Lucky Luciano
William Lucking ... Babe Ruth
Andrea Marcovicci ... Cleopatra
Ken Swofford ... Mr. Barrow
Norman Snow ... Marc Antony
Ed McCready Ed McCready ... News Vendor
Dan Kern Dan Kern ... Sir Isaac Newton
George Sawaya George Sawaya ... Senator
Michael J. London Michael J. London ... Doorman
Clint Young Clint Young ... Announcer
John Achorn ... Reporter #1
David Blackwood David Blackwood ... Man #2
Don Boughton Don Boughton ... Man #1


Bogg and Jeffrey rescue Cleopatra when her life was in danger. They take her with them accidentally when they leave and they land in the 1920's where she decides to stay. She gets away from them and assimilates. Later they discover Yankee Stadium--the house that Ruth built is not there because Ruth didn't play for the Yankees. So they go back when he was still a pitcher and a prima donna. They try to get him to switch from pitcher to hitter. When they succeed they return to look for Cleopatra whom they discover has fallen in with Lucky Luciano and is using her to keep Ruth from hitting his 60th home run. Written by

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14 November 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Bogg and Cleopatra are in New York on May 21, 1927, someone runs out yelling, "Lucky Lindbergh landed in Paris!" In Voyagers!: An Arrow Pointing East (1982), one of Bogg and Jeffrey's assignments would be helping Charles Lindbergh take off from New York. See more »


The 1927 Yankees were shown with numbers on their uniforms and Babe Ruth was introduced as "#3, Babe Ruth". The Yankees did not start putting numbers on their uniforms until the 1929 season. See more »


Phineas Bogg: You know, without your coaching there's no way I could have thrown those pitches. Abner never would have believed a ball could move like that. You ought to be real proud of yourself.
Jeffrey Jones: Yeah.
[sees Babe Ruth]
Jeffrey Jones: I didn't know he was going to take it so hard. He wasn't supposed to quit the game.
Phineas Bogg: Yeah. I guess that's why the Omni's red, huh? We gotta do a little bit more.
Jeffrey Jones: What?
Phineas Bogg: You know how to hit those pitches you taught me?
Jeffrey Jones: Sure. I was clean-up man on my little league team.
Phineas Bogg: How about teaching the Babe?
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References City Lights (1931) See more »

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Cleopatra and the Sultan of Swat
4 March 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode is yet another favorite of mine as Jon-Erik Hexum and Meeno Peluce almost mess up history instead of correcting it.

It all starts when the Voyagers arrive in Rome 44 BC on those Ides of March and Julius Caesar has been assassinated. They arrive at Cleopatra's residence and whisk Andrea Marcovicci away. But they also whisk her into the 20th century and deposit here in New York City 1927.

But Cleo in New York isn't all that's wrong. Baseball fan and Little Leaguer Meeno Peluce notes there is no Yankee Stadium. The Yanks are playing at the Polo Grounds and a perennial second division team. All because Babe Ruth was never sold to them and he finished his career with the Red Sox in 1922.

Now that is a number one priority and the guys go back to 1919 Red Sox spring training where Bogg learns to pitch and Jeffrey Jones teaches the Babe how to hit the long ball.

Now to get Cleo back to her time and while in New York she's become a flapper and caught the eye of the up and coming Lucky Luciano played here by Michael Gregory. Now there is a Yankee Stadium, the House that Ruth Built and he's closing in on 60 home runs. But Lucky Luciano has some heavy action that he won't make it and he's got the biggest vamp in history working on the Babe to make it not so. William Lucking plays the gullible Ruth who wouldn't have turned down Cleopatra here or in real life.

As any baseball fans knows Babe Ruth was already hitting home runs and playing part time in the outfield to keep his bat in the lineup. But a lie or two makes this a fun episode.

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