A Salute to ‘Homer at the Bat’ at Hall of Fame Classic Weekend
Roundtable Discussion, Exhibit Opening to Take Place on May 27 in Cooperstown
Twenty-five years after “Homer at the Bat” originally aired as an episode of THE SIMPSONS, baseball fans still talk about Ozzie Smith falling into the Springfield Mystery Spot. And Wade Boggs’ argument with one of the Springfield locals.
That episode originally aired on FOX on Feb. 20, 1992, 25 years ago this week. In recognition of this anniversary, fans can celebrate America’s favorite animated family – and Americana at its best – during Hall of Fame Classic Weekend.
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“When I struck out in tee-ball, I never dreamed I'd make it to the Hall of Fame,” said Al Jean, one of the earliest writers for THE SIMPSONS, which debuted in 1989 and is currently in its 28th season, airing Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX. “It shows what not following your dreams can do.”
In “Homer at the Bat,” Hall of Famers Smith, Boggs and Ken Griffey Jr. were three of the nine “ringers” brought in by the owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, C. Montgomery Burns, to ensure his team’s victory. But almost all of the stars were fated not to play, each having suffered a separate and unique misfortune leading up to the game. The voices of the actual players were used in the episode.