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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The series is structured in baseball fashion: divided into "innings", each with a top and bottom half; opens with the national anthem; is given "play by play" by the narrator along with "color commentary" by various experts; eventually goes to extra innings; etc. See more
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 ...