Ball Boys



Dad-son sports shop offers community -- and some language.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Ball Boys highlights how sports can create communities and bring people together both professionally and socially. The show is male-oriented, with some off-hand sexism.

Positive role models

Robbie Sr. and Jr. have a close relationship, and they've found a profession involving something they love and seem to be good at.


Lots of discussions about knocking out opponents and other sports-related contact.

Not applicable

Words like "hell" and "damn" are audible; occasional curses like "s--t" are bleeped, with mouths blurred.


The show centers on the store Robbie's 1st Base. Logos for various sports franchises -- including the N.Y. Yankees, the Green Bay packers, and the Cleveland Browns -- are prominently visible. Occasionally other sports memorabilia businesses, like Steiner Sports, are also featured.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Meetings with collectors sometimes take place at bars and restaurants.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ball Boys -- a reality show centered on the buying and selling of sports memorabilia -- is pretty mild but does have some iffy language ("hell," "damn,"; occasional curses bleeped, with mouths blurred) and some mildly sexist comments.

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What's the story?

BALL BOYS is a reality series starring Robbie Davis Sr., the lively owner of Robbie's 1st Base, a sports collectible and memorabilia shop in Maryland. With the help of his son Robbie Jr., and his staff, Rob \"Shaggy\" Reier and \"Sweet\" Lou Brown, Robbie Sr. buys and sells items like vintage baseball score cards and original college bowl football rings. When he's not authenticating values or haggling over prices, he and his team spend their time swapping sports trivia and history with clients. Visits from sports legends like Jim Brown and Pete Rose add to the fun.

Is it any good?


Ball Boys provides a look into the community that has been created within Robbie's 1st Base, which acts as a local haunt for sports fans to bond and share their personal stories. It also offers lots of information about the authentication process, as well as the techniques used to purchase and sell valuable sports collectibles.

It's fun, but like most unscripted shows, Ball Boys has its share of semi-rehearsed moments. It probably won't appeal to non-sports fans, either. But those who like this sort of thing will appreciate the athletic history offered here and no doubt will find the endless sports-related banter entertaining.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different ways that people emotionally connect with sports and sports teams. Do you think these connections have to do with the games themselves or the activities and relationships built around them?

  • What's the relationship between sports and consumerism? What's the difference between memorabilia that has financial value vs. items that only have sentimental value? Who decides?

  • What kinds of messages do athletes' appearances on reality shows or advertisements send? Parents: How can you help your kids sort out these messages?

TV details

Cast:Rob Reier
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Sports and martial arts
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byrdavis2576 March 28, 2012

Great Title

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