Curt Chaplin
Rick Stern
ESPN: 12/1/1993 – 3/31/1994
The William Carruthers Company

Designated Hitter was the four-month-old ESPN sports game show based on baseball.


Three contestants competed in this game of sports knowledge.

Main GameEdit

Round 1Edit

Each player selected five questions from four sports categories; three of which were three main sports (baseball, basketball & football), and the fourth was a "Curve Ball" category focusing on all other sports. The first four questions on each category were worth different amounts and were all jump-in toss-ups, but the fifth question was known as the "Pinch-Hit" question in which the amount was undisclosed, and only the player who chose it could answer. Correct answers added the question's value to the total score of the player who answered right, but incorrect answers earned an "out"; any player who got three outs/three wrong answers lost $100 from their score. The two players with the highest scores moved on to Round 2; the third place player was eliminated from the game.

Round 2Edit

The two surviving players each selected one sports category to play. On each category, the players alternated turns answering four questions under that category. Whenever a player missed a question, the opposing player had a chance to steal the question and the money if he/she wanted to. The player with the most money at the end of this round won the game and the right to play the "Grand Slam" round for up to $3,000.


The payoffs were the same in both rounds, and here's how the players scored for correct answers:

Questions Term Value
Question #1 Single $25
Question #2 Double $50
Question #3 Triple $75
Question #4 Homer $100

Grand Slam (Bonus Round)Edit

In the "Grand Slam" round, the day's winning player was asked four questions (one from each category), each worth different amounts. And here are the payoffs for each question:

Questions Values
Question #1 $250
Question #2 $500
Question #3 $750
Question #4 $1,500

So being perfect by answering all four questions in that round correctly won a total of $3,000.


Empire Studios, North Hollywood, CA


This was Curt Chaplin's second & last game show; his first was Grandstand. These days he's now the current announcer on The People's Court. For 19 years he was the hallway interviewer; he has since passed the baton & microphone back to original host Doug Llewelyn.

YouTube VideoEdit

Billy Baker's 15 minutes of Shame, featuring a clip of his appearance on Designated Hitter