A look at the New York Yankees attempt to win the 1977 World Series. Based on Jonathan Mahler's book "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning."
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 George Steinbrenner (8 episodes, 2007)
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 Maury Allen (8 episodes, 2007)
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 Tommy Lasorda (8 episodes, 2007)
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 Mickey Rivers (8 episodes, 2007)
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 Reporter (8 episodes, 2007)
Bob Dunsworth ...
 Radio Sports Reporter (7 episodes, 2007)
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 Bucky Dent (6 episodes, 2007)
Mark Lorette ...
 Reporter (6 episodes, 2007)
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 Sports Announcer (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Elston Howard (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Mike Torrez (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Kenny Holtzman (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Willie Randolph (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Ron Guidry (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Dick Howser (4 episodes, 2007)
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 Ray Negron (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Gretchen Martin (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Reporter (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Fran Healy (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Lou Piniella (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Waiter (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Sydney (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Neighborhood Resident at Crime Scene (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Mary Rivers (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Hospital Administrator (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Autograph Seeker (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Steve Dunleavy (2 episodes, 2007)
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In the year 1977, Major league Baseball has officially inaugurated the free agent market. A baseball player named Reggie Jackson came to New York to sign a contract with the ball club called the "Yankees". But, what Jackson does not know that he will soon bring controversy to the club, by saying that he's the "Straw that stirs the drink", causing his fellow teammates especially, Thurman Munson to not like him. Plus, manager Billy Martin and owner George Steinbrenner also have their own private arguments about Jackson and the team. Meanwhile, other things are happening in New York as a killer using a .44 magnum and calling himself as "The Son Of Sam" is lurking around the city, and the infamous blackout. Written by John Wiggins

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In several episodes a picture of the old Yankee Stadium from before it was renovated in 1973 can be seen in Billy Martin's (John Turturro) office. This is what Yankee Stadium looked like from 1923-1973 See more »

Goofs

Reggie Jackson in 1977 did not sport a "soul-patch" beneath his lower lip. Facial hair for New York Yankees is prohibited below the lower lip. Back in the late '70s Thurman Munson, when in dispute with Yankee ownership, would from time to time begin to grow a beard, and then would be ordered to shave it. Over the years, other Yankees, such as Goose Gossage and Don Mattingly, have been reprimanded by Yankee brass for long hair or facial hair in violation of Yankee policy. See more »

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Reggie Jackson: He is comparing Thurman to a cocktail, he took whatever I said out of context.
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Accurate Portrayal of Life in the Bronx
3 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Bronx is Burning" juxtaposes the story of the Yankees' run for the AL Pennant (and ultimately the World Series) with the Son of Sam murders, the infamous blackout and other notable events during this tumultuous time in the city's history. This miniseries mirrors the book "Damned Yankees" written by Moss Klein and Bill Madden, beat writers for The Newark Star Ledger and The New York Daily News respectively, who depicted all the craziness on those Yankee teams from the 70's through the 80's.

George Steinbrenner's tyrannical ownership of the Yankees was marked by a mixture of great success and turmoil during this time. Frequent managerial firings, front office turnover and overpayment of free agents all contributed to a circus atmosphere which was dubbed "The Bronx Zoo" by members of the media. "The Bronx is Burning" does a great job of depicting the principal characters and storyline of the '77 Yankee team. Particularly good is the work of John Turturro as the tactically brilliant but personally troubled manager Billy Martin. His striking resemblance lends immeasurable credibility to the show. Also very good is Oliver Platt as Steinbrenner. His mannerisms and speech closely mirror those of the real George.

If you are a baseball fan or Yankee follower, this is worth your while.


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