Ken Burns: BaseballClosed Captioning
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It is an epic overflowing with heroes and hopefuls, scoundrels and screwballs. It is a saga spanning the quest for racial justice, the clash of labor and management, the transformation of popular culture, the limits of legality, and the unfolding of the national pastime. It is history as witnessed from the sun-drenched fields of small-town America and the gritty, makeshift diamonds of urban sandlots. Here is the story of a nation at work and play. Here is your story. Experience it anew in ten thrilling “innings” from master storyteller and award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoPreview - Back to the Ballpark||Ken Burns returns to his landmark series "Baseball" in this preview for the upcoming continuation, "The Tenth Inning."||17:15||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoOur Game||In New York City, in the 1840s, people need a diversion from the "railroad pace" at which they work and live. They find it in a game of questionable origins. On June 19, 1846, at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey, a team of well-dressed gentlemen, the Knickerbockers, play the first game of baseball. By 1856, the game is already being called "the national pastime," or simply, "Our Game." But the nation is about to be torn apart. And, in the midst of the Civil War, there is one thing that Americans North and South have in common: baseball.||1:53:07||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoSomething Like a War||In 1894, a sportwriter named Byron Bancroft "Ban" Johnson takes over a struggling minor league - the Western League - and turns it into a financial success. In 1900, he changes its name to the American League and begins talking about challenging the big city monopoly held by the National League. The revolution takes only three years. In 1903, the first World Series is played between the American League Boston Pilgrims and the National League Pittsburg Pirates.||1:44:10||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Faith of 5 Million People||Before and after World War I, a steady stream of immigrants lands on the shores of America. They want instantly to become American. To pursue the American dream. To play the American game. But even as thousands of new Americans pick up a ball for the first time, even as the country endures a world war, baseball is trying to endure a decade that includes the meanest, vilest, angriest player ever to step onto a field and a scandal that almost destroys the game.||1:57:48||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoA National Heirloom||The 1920s begin with America trying to recover from World War I and baseball trying to recover from the scandal of the 1919 World Series. America finds relief in the boom market and the Jazz Age. Baseball finds its own boom market in a player with a Jazz Age personality: a troubled youth from a Baltimore reformatory school who can hit a ball farther than anyone.||1:54:14||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoShadow Ball||Throughout America, and even on the baseball diamonds in New York's Central Park, thousands of homeless people build shantytowns called "Hoovervilles." More than ever, America needs heroes. And even as it struggles to make it through the Depression, baseball provides them. But the heroes do not come only from the Major Leagues. The Negro Leagues being baseball to towns the Major leagues ignore - to people the Major Leagues spurn. To delight the fans, they develop an elaborate warm-up routine in pantomime; throwing and hitting an invisible ball so convincingly. spectators can't believe it's not real. It's called "shadow ball."||2:03:15||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoThe National Pastime||In Europe, in the Pacific, on the homefront, both African-Americans and whites fight to make the world safe for democracy. When the world ends, Major League Baseball becomes, in fact, what it has always claimed to be: the national pastime. But, at the beginning of the decade, Jackie Robinson's debut is still some years away. Meanwhile, Joe DiMaggio sets a consecutive game-hitting streak that still stands. Ted Williams becomes the last man to hit .400. The once-lowly Brooklyn Dodgers win their first pennant. And world War II takes so much talent from the majors that the St. Louis Browns win a pennant.||2:28:29||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Capitol of Baseball||Americans are on the move. Moving to the suburbs. Moving across the country. They are, it seems, restless. Of course, if you're a baseball fan in New York, you don't want to move. You're in baseball heaven. Year after year, the Yankees are on top of the American League. Year after year, the Giants and Dodgers fight for the National league crown. Starting in 1949, there is a New York team in the World Series for 10 straight years. And in six of those years, both teams are from New York.||2:11:27||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoA Whole New Ball Game||The 1960s are a turbulent decade for America. There are race riots, anti-war protests, hippies, Woodstock. It is also a turbulent decade for baseball, as one by one its "sacred" institutions fall. It starts with Bill Mazeroski bringing down the mighty Yankees with one dramatic home run, the first ever to end a World Series. Then, in 1961, Roger Maris pursues Babe Ruth's "untouchable" record. In 1962, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants are replaced by the New York Mets, who compile the worst single season record of the century.||1:54:01||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoHome||America and the world are seeing more changes that at any time in history. And so is baseball. Free agency, multi-million dollar salaries, designated hitters, a new all-time home run champion, a Canadian world champion. And yet, today, we can still look at the game and see something not much different than what our fathers and grandfathers saw.||2:25:32||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Tenth Inning - Top of the Tenth||In an age of globalization and deregulation, a cataclysmic strike over money and power brings baseball to the brink; dazzlingly talented Latin players transform the sport; Cal Ripken, Jr. becomes baseball's new Iron Man; and Ken Griffey, Jr. and Barry Bonds are simply superb. The Braves dominate the National League while the Yankees build a new dynasty. As home run totals soar, sluggers Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa smash one of the game's most hallowed records. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, players on every team must make life altering decisions about how far they are willing to go to succeed.||1:56:52||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Tenth Inning - Bottom of the Tenth||As the new millenium dawns, baseball on the field is better than ever before. In an era of offense, Pedro Martinez and a handful of other pitchers still manage to dominate. Ichiro Suzuki proves that Asian players can be superstars, while Barry Bonds becomes one of the most dominant hitters of all time. In the fall of 2001, when a badly frightened country yearns for normalcy, baseball helps provide it. In an epic battle with the Yankees, the benighted Boston Red Sox stage the greatest comeback in history. Baseball is more popular and profitable than ever, but suspicions and revelations about performance enhancing drugs keep surfacing, calling the integrity of the game itself into question.||2:04:24||$6.99||View in iTunes|
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Like anything ever made.
It starts with the true roots of of baseball. With that being as great as it is explained the origins of the game.Then it talks about Ruth and his true impact on how he was truly God like.Coming at the time baseball really needed him.They talk about Baseball as if it were a member of your family. "death in the family analogy is greatly talked with the Dodgers leaving brooklyn.Or when Ruth dies.The very under-rated Negro-leagues are talked about,and how Black ball players being kept out of white Baseball. Still had figures that influenced white baseball..It explains every decade from life outside of the game and what impact it has on the game.Some things are left out.some players are not talked about enough.The top and bottom of the tenth are great ad-on's.The writers and historians are great narrators of this whole masterpiece,and is what makes it priceless and timeless.Not only should every Baseball fan should see this.Which ownership is mandatory,but also any sport fan.Or any one who has a great deal of wonder of the foundation of the American spirit.
Where is the 7th Inning: The Capital of Baseball
'Baseball' is just what you'd expect from Ken Burns - a sweeping, touching, epic, insightful and engaging documentary on Our National Pastime. Even if you're not a fan of the game, you probably will be after watching this. It's that good.
But where is the episode 'The Capital of Baseball' (the 7th inning), covering the 1950s?