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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.

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A Quintessential Addition

For anyone who, with a childlike enthusiasm ground deep in tradition, ever impatiently endured a trip in the stationwagon from home to the stadium. To those who marvelled at the immaculately manicured grass or took in the smells of the hotdogs and popcorn. To those who remember the vendors who still roam the stadium yelling "Get your peanuts". To those who still love the sound of the crack of the bat, this documentary should be part of your collection. Covering the mythos of Abner Doubleday's "discovery" of baseball, a claim he never made, to archived footage of games being played in America's heartland, in cornfields, dusty, weed infested fields where the catcher stood instead of crouching like today. To the early heroes of the game, where great players such as Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Cy Young, Honus Wagner, Rogers Hornsby, Hank Greenberg, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth all relied on their own natural physical talents to succeed. To Ty Cobb, considered by some to be the greatest overall player in the history of the game, alienating so much of the baseball world, that at his funeral only 3 of his contemporaries choose to attend. To the still embarrassing ostracization of black player until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, thus denying to all but a very few the opportunity to see such greats as Josh Gibson, who it was thought hit a total of 800 homeruns (unconfirmed). To the talents of Satchel Paige, Buck O'Neil, and a myriad of black players who never had the chance to become household legends, who many, but the most astute baseball fans struggle to remember. Continuing through the years, the documentary touches on those players who sacrificed portions of their careers to enlist in the Armed Forces during World War 2. Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, Yogi Berra are only 4 of the many who put their lives on the line for their country. Through the 50's and Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, the Yankee dominance, to Roger Maris breaking Babe Ruth's homerun record in 1961 on the last day of the season, through the Marvin Miller of the 70's, when the reserve clause was repealed in 1975 in favor of free agency at the expense of Curt Flood's career, who in 1970 filed a lawsuit against MLB and its reserve clause, setting into motion the system we have today. Through the 80's when MLB was found to be working in collusion to prevent higher salaries and eventually had to pay 280 million dollars in fines, to the increasing number of players being recruited and signed from foreign countries, Puerto Rico, South America, etc. Some will say the documentary does not delve deep enough into the "skeletons" jangling around in MLB's closets. Some will say it minumizes the Negro League's affect on MLB by providing talented hall of fame players even after Robinson in 1947. Hank Aaron, Willie Mays are just two athletes who played in the Negro League prior to becoming legends in the Major Leagues. However, I think the documentary is just the right length, had it been required to cover all of the background elements which comprise the organization as it stands today, holes and all, Mr. Burns might still be working on it or considered it too burdensome to attempt. You are not going to please everyone, in particular those fans passionate about every little detail that makes the mosaic complete. Now with the additional material which delves into the recent developments, McGuire and Sosa, Bonds, etc, the documentary reaches even a higher pinnacle. In an every changing environment such as MLB, Ken Burns has done an other-worldly job of bringing it all together.

good but expensive

even though every episode is 7 dollars i know thats expensive but its worth it so u can pick 7 bucks an episode or leave it i didnt bye it i watched it on tv

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.

Ken Burns: Baseball
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  • SD Version
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Released: Sep 18, 1994
  • CCin English

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