Baseball: Season 1, Episode 2

Something Like a War (19 Sep. 1994)

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This second episode in the series covers the years 1900-10. The new century was a time of great change in the United States and around the world. Baseball was in decline generally but the ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Roger Angell ...
Various (voice)
Various (voice)
Thomas Boswell ...
Various (voice)
John Chancellor ...
Narrator (voice)
Ty Cobb ...
Himself (archive footage)
Various (voice)
Various (voice)
Stephen Jay Gould ...
Donald Hall ...
John Hartford ...
Various (voice)
Various (voice)


This second episode in the series covers the years 1900-10. The new century was a time of great change in the United States and around the world. Baseball was in decline generally but the creation of the American League by Bam Johnson in 1896 presents the first real competition to the older and well-established National League. The new league was an immediate success and established themselves in cities that had been abandoned by the National League. The National League owners did their best to obstruct the upstarts but in the end had to admit that their play was on a par with the older established circuit. This led to the first World Series in 1903 between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates, which Boston won (there was no World Series in 1904 because of NY Giants manager John McGraw's antipathy towards Johnson and the American League, a decision that cost the players dearly). The stars of the day shone: Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Christie Mathewson and many others. African ... Written by garykmcd

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The Appearance of the Great Players
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This is the introduction of the earliest of the Hall of Famers: Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson, Ty Cobb, Rube Wadell, John McGraw, etc. This is primarily a close look at individuals. The two greatest pitchers of their era played in different leagues, Johnson and Mathewson, and arguably the greatest hitter, Ty Cobb. The personalities are so varied. You had the great gentlemen and the sociopaths. You have Cobb who somehow managed to direct his anger at the game or he probably would have been hanged at some point. He was a racist, hated by his own teammates who actually congratulated another player who beat their teammate in the batting race. It also focused on the inimitable John McGraw, the 31 year manager of the New York Giants. This is when baseball truly began to have an identity, with real stars and great rivalries. It is the time of the first World Series. A really fine episode.

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