Baseball movies warm up fans waiting for the World Series


After a one-year absence caused by last year's strike, the World Series returns to October TV -- although with a late calendar start. Do you remember when the classic was sometimes completed by Oct. 21?

* "The World Series" (7 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- And what are the odds that two teams with politically incorrect names and logos -- both borrowed from Native Americans -- would make the fall classic? Yep, the Atlanta Braves meet the Cleveland Indians in Atlanta in tonight's first game. Al Michaels, Tim McCarver and Jim Palmer are the announcers. ABC.

* "Martin" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The rap duo Salt N' Pepa makes a guest appearance as robbers in an episode in which Cole (Carl Anthony Payne) is mugged and loses the gift Martin (Martin Lawrence) planned to give Gina (Tisha Campbell). Fox.

* "The John Larroquette Show" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Is there sibling rivalry if you don't know you are siblings? Worse. In this case, there's mutual attraction, as Hemingway's (Mr. Larroquette) long-separated son and daughter (Omri Katz and Mayim Bialik) meet at the bus station. NBC.

* "Walker, Texas Ranger" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A high school football coach is murdered and Walker (Chuck Norris) suspects something that happened on the playing field is a clue to the crime. CBS.

* "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The third new show of the season, tonight's installment features David Schwimmer of "Friends" as host and Natalie Merchant as musical guest. NBC.


* "USA Triple Play" (1 p.m.-7:30 p.m., USA) -- In clever pre-game scheduling, three recent baseball flicks are introduced by ABC broadcaster Tim McCarver and Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner: "Talent for the Game" (1991, at 1 p.m.), "Major League" (1989, at 3 p.m.) and "Field of Dreams" (1989, at 5 p.m.).

* "Biography: This Week" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E; Network) -- As "The Man of Steel" begins to make public appearances again, after his paralyzing equestrian accident last spring, the series profiles "Superman" star Christopher Reeve.

* "TNT Women and Sport: The Power to Compete" (10 p.m.-11:30 p.m., TNT) -- Chris Evert, Mary Lou Retton, Nadia Comaneci and Jackie Joyner-Kersee are among the female athletes honored in this awards show.

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