Baseball (1994)

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A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.

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John Chancellor ...
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Paul Roebling ...
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John Thorn ...
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George Will ...
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Charles McDowell ...
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Buck O'Neil ...
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Roger Angell ...
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Red Barber ...
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 Various (4 episodes, 1994)
Robert W. Creamer ...
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Mario Cuomo ...
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Donald Hall ...
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Thomas Boswell ...
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Grover Cleveland Alexander ...
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Ty Cobb ...
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Stephen Jay Gould ...
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Claire Merritt Hodgson ...
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 Various (3 episodes, 1994)
Walter Johnson ...
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Connie Mack ...
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Christy Mathewson ...
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Jody Powell ...
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Jackie Robinson ...
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Leo Durocher ...
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Bob Feller ...
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Lou Gehrig ...
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Hank Greenberg ...
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John Hartford ...
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Sammy Haynes ...
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Kenesaw M. Landis ...
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Manuel Marquez-Sterling ...
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Joe McCarthy ...
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John J. McGraw ...
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Leroy 'Satchel' Paige ...
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Shirley Povich ...
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Branch Rickey ...
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Tris Speaker ...
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Riley Stewart ...
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Clyde Sukeforth ...
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Honus Wagner ...
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Ted Williams ...
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 Narrator (2 episodes, 2010)
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Ken Burns relates the history of baseball in a fashion similar to that of his Civil War mini series. Old-time photos and illustrations depict the games early years, while newsreels and video clips highlight more recent developments. Players and participants speak in their own words, and sports writers and broadcasters offer commentary on the sport and events they witnessed. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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When discussing Yogi Berra's many interesting quotes, a friend of Yogi's is alleged to have said, "Hey, Yogi, what do you know?" Yogi allegedly replied, "I don't even suspect anything." This exchange is actually taken from an exchange Charles Chaplin had in a Parisienne café in Monsieur Verdoux (1947). See more »

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Narrator: It is played everywhere. In parks and playgrounds and prison yards. In back alleys and farmers' fields. By small children and old men. Raw amateurs and millionaire professionals. It is a leisurely game that demands blinding speed. The only game in which the defense has the ball. It follows the seasons, beginning each year with the fond expectancy of springtime, and ending with the hard facts of autumn. It is a haunted game, in which every player is measured against the ghosts of all who have ...
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Glorious account of our national pastime
11 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ken Burns gained fame with this major work and deservedly so. Admittedly, I am an unabashed lifelong fan of the sport, but I believe anyone with any type of interest in American history would do well to invest several hours on this wonderful documentary. His groundbreaking style is evident here, such as the innovative use of panning over still photographs and the mix of people who lived some of events, along with modern historians who have spent their lives studying them. I believe that to understand America is to understand baseball, and Ken Burns certainly follows that philosophy. Of course, with any human endeavor, there is room for improvement and points of criticism. My minor criticism may include the inordinate focus on the Yankees, though I agree it would be difficult to produce a documentary on the sport without spending a lot of time on that team, since it has embodied such a large part of its history. It is admirable that Burns made a commitment to include a major part of baseball's history that has been overlooked by many: the influence of blacks and the Negro Leagues. However, as important and necessary is that inclusion, it does seem that at times to spends a bit too much time on it at the expense of other worthy subjects. Still, such a criticism is minor. This is a wonderful compilation worthy of every minute you spend watching it.


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