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"Baseball" A National Heirloom (TV Episode 1994) - Plot Summary Poster

(TV Mini-Series)

(1994)

Plot Summary

  • Baseball in the 1920's can be described in two words: Babe Ruth. George Herman "Babe" Ruth dominated the game in almost every respect. An accomplished pitcher, he was also the greatest batter the game had seen up to that time eventually moving to the outfield so he could play every day. Ruth spent most of his youth in a reformatory, his parents having had him declared incorrigible. He shone in the school's baseball team and was signed by the minor league Baltimore Orioles but was soon sold to the Boston Red Sox. It was a black day when they traded him to the New York Yankees and they would not play in a world series again for 25 years. Babe's conduct both on and off the field became a major issue and he was suspended at one point for 39 games by the Commissioner for refusing a direct order to stop barnstorming in the off season. His off field behavior offended a great many people but he was oblivious to it all. Christy Mathewson, to many the greatest pitcher of his generation, died never having fully recovered from the poison gas he inhaled in World War I. It was also the decade that saw the formation of eight team Negro National League.

    - Written by garykmcd

Synopsis

Most of episode 4, called "A Nat'l Heirloom", chronicles the life of Babe Ruth, including his childhood ages...

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