Mathnet 102 The Problem of the Missing Baseball (2 Feb-6 Feb 1987) sample frame from video
Mathnet is a mystery serial that is a parody of Dragnet, produced by Janette Webb, the widow of Dragnet's producer Jack Webb. Each five-part story, which ran Monday through Friday as part of the PBS program Square One TV, featured crime-solving by a pair of police detectives in a special mathematics unit.
In this episode, young Howie and his friends have lost a baseball belonging to Howie's father. It's a unique baseball in that it has Babe Ruth's autograph. Kate Monday and her partner George Frankly determine, through mathematical and physical laws, that the ball must have bounced inside a nearby house. Apparently Mrs. MacGregor left her door open when she was preparing to leave for the store. So the valuable baseball is in Mrs. MacGregor's house. But when Kate and George call on her the next day, they learn that her entire house is gone. It's been stolen.
Beverly Leech as Sgt. Kate Monday
Joe Howard as Off. George Frankly
Edward Winter as Clarence Sampson
Tyra Ferrell as Ginnie Carlson
Billie Hayes as Mrs. MacGregor
Writers: David D. Connell & Jim Thurman
Director: Charles S. Dubin