It's a Hit was a short-lived Saturday morning kids game show that combined baseball and a quiz in which two teams of youngsters were coached by famous sports figures.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Two teams, each composed of youngsters (aged 7 to 14) and "managed" by a guest sports star, competed on a "ball field" specially constructed in a TV studio. Host Happy Felton was referred to as the "umpire-in-chief" and the teams were drawn from organizations such as Little League, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Church groups.
Each contestant came to the plate (as in a regular baseball game) and swung at a baseball, which was attached to a special shaft. When the ball was hit, a lighted scoreboard registered either a single, double, triple or home run. The batter was then asked a question whose difficulty was based on the value of the hit. The scoreboard could also register a foul ball, which, like in real baseball, counted as a strike and he/she had to swing again.
Each player moved around the bases as their teammates came to bat. When three outs were registered (for wrong answers and/or players getting three strikes) the other opposing team came to bat. Each of the players on the winning team received prizes and additional prizes were given to their organization.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
This show began on New York TV station WABD in 1950 and was also seen on WOR, New York in 1954 prior to its short-lived network run.
Unlike most actual baseball games, boys and girls participated together.
Taping Location[edit | edit source]
New York City, NY