Episode 202: Kill the Umpire


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On this episode, we’re stepping into the past to take on the 1950 William Bendix comedy Kill the Umpire. After introducing the movie, we walk through the plot (10:21) and review the film (44:48). Then, on Inside Baseball, Paul walks us through the history of the MLB Umpire (54:25); We share a Top 5 of historic calls made by umpires (1:04:53 & 1:37:00); We break down the vigorous training that umps have to undergo (1:19:47); Rounding third, we discuss technological advances being made in umpiring and debate Robot Umps (2:05:25); Sliding into home, we rate the film (2:35:11) and hope we don’t have to KILL THE UMPIRE!

Play Ball: Baseball at the Movies is produced by Paul Leschofs and Andrew Knopp. Our theme music, Slow Burn, was created by Kevin MacLeod. Our mascot was designed by Yehudi Mercado. Our intro uses clips from the following films from which we do not claim any ownership: Field of Dreams (Universal Pictures), The Natural (TriStar Pictures), Moneyball (Columbia Pictures), The Sandlot (20th Century Fox), Bull Durham (Orion Pictures), and A League of Their Own (Columbia Pictures). Follow us on Twitter @BaseballPodShow and Instragram @playballpodcast. *Discussions regarding current baseball news may be out of date.

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