Air Date: 03.26.1989
Leap Date: 09.13.1956
The Face in the Mirror: Capt. Tom Stratton, USAF; Ken Fox
The Kiss with History: Testing of the X-2; breaking Mach-3; Sam nicknames a military memory questionnaire "Trivial Pursuit;" Sam bats against young pitcher Tom Seaver
Although the Project Quantum Leap isn't ready yet, and doesn't listen his supercomputer Ziggy, Sam hops into the Accelerator and leaps. As Tom Stratton, an Air Force test pilot, Sam finds his memory Swiss cheesed, with only enough left to know that he is not where or when he belongs. Al explains that the Project has gone awry and that the only way Sam can leap out is by flying the X-2 to Mach-3. Instead, Sam leaps after saving his wife and child, only to find that rather than leaping home, he's leapt into Ken Fox, a minor league baseball player in Texas, at the end of the 1968 season, where he must make the winning play in order to leap.
Written by: Donald P. Bellisario