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Manager Coach 

Coach becomes a youth league baseball coach. But his competitive nature turns him from lovable guy to angry tyrant.


James Burrows


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Herb Mitchell ... Mort Sherwin (as Herb L. Mitchell)
Elliott Scott Elliott Scott ... Peewee
Corey Feldman ... Moose
Martin Davis Martin Davis ... Tank
Paul Vaughn Paul Vaughn ... Paul
Alan Koss Alan Koss ... Alan


Mort Sherwin, a friend of Sam's, is looking for someone to manage his son's baseball team. The Coach offers to do it, which Sam thinks is a great idea. Diane however doesn't as Coach has never been in charge and she thinks the cutthroat nature of baseball will eat him alive. Both Sam and Diane are wrong: the Coach ends up being a tough as nails manager who works the kids like it's a major league team - all work, no fun and discipline through ridicule. But at least the team is winning. Sam and Diane try and talk him into taking a softer approach, but to no avail. But in the end, is winning everything? Elsewhere in the bar, Cliff offers to lend out-of-work Norm some money, never thinking that he'd accept, and Carla brings in her newborn baby, Lucia, to the bar to breastfeed her. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

24 November 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Corey Feldman was part of the coach's little league team. See more »


Diane Chambers: [about Coach] He's obsessing. I know all the signs. I had a small obsession myself until I got some help.
Sam Malone: You did?
Diane Chambers: Yes, I was obsessive compulsive about neatness. I demanded that everything be in its proper place. But now, look at the laissez-faire attitude I have about my apron. Huh? Now in the old days, I would have insisted that it be pencil, pen, pencil, pen, pad. Well now, it doesn't matter if it's pen, pencil, pen, pencil, pad, or pencil pencil pen pen pad, or even pencil pen pad, pencil ...
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References Baretta (1975) See more »


Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's An Irish Lullaby)
Written by J.R. Shannon
Performed by Rhea Perlman
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"Go home and tell your mother you're a flop!"
8 January 2020 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

Great episode where Coach shows his true colors. The difference between Coach and Woody later on is that Woody was pure sweet and simple but Coach was brain damaged from having been a tough coach, and seeing him switch back and forth is great. Coach in a way is insane more than just slow and old, which makes him awesome. And he had two good seasons and this was his peak. The third season, alas, he was dying. This is Coach's peak.

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