Baseball: Season 1, Episode 7

The Capital of Baseball (26 Sep. 1994)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Documentary, History, Sport
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The episode covers the 1950s and deals with several key events and issues: the dominance of the Yankees, the continuing integration of the game and the move to the West Coast of the Dodgers and Giants. The Yankees dominate baseball in the 1950s, winning 9 American League pennants and the World Series 5 times. For their rivals, particularly the Brooklyn Dodgers, every season proved to be a case of 'wait until next year'. The Dodgers year finally came in 1955 but with dwindling attendance, both the Dodgers and the NY Giants announce a few years later that they are moving to the West Coast. Integration of the game continued throughout this period but as one observer notes, the democratization of the game meant the end of the Negro leagues, at one time the largest Black-owned business in America. Written by garykmcd

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Billy Crystal: [on when the Dodgers left Brooklyn] It was like your uncle died. It was a death in the family. I wasn't really a Dodger fan, but you liked that they were there, because there was tremendous talent on that team. Jackie, Pee Wee, Gil, Duke, and Roy. We beat them pretty much every year but... it was like a death in the family, and then complicated by the fact that the Giants had left. So two good spirits had left New York and... it was sad time. I felt bad about it, because I thought, "If they ...
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The end credits for this episode are replete with baseball nicknames, such as Ken "the Kid" Burns, Lynn "The Babe" Novick, and John "Iron Horse" Chancellor. See more »

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Written by Duke Ellington & Bob Russell
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A Lot of New York!
24 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first became a baseball fan in the 1950's. I went to a country school and was taught the game by a bunch of kids on a grassy field with a big chicken wire backstop. They made fun of the way I threw. My best friend was a Yankee's fan, even though we lived in the Midwest. My team was the Braves, so in 1958 it was great for me. That aside, this was really about the Juggernauts of baseball at that time: the Yankees, the Dodgers, and the Giants. They ate up most of the wins in that time period. We are introduced to Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, more DiMaggio, for the Bronx Bombers; the great players for the Dodgers, Duke Snider, Carl Furillo, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella; and the one pennant for the Giants when Bobby Thomson hit that home run as the Dodgers blew a 13 game lead. We are also shown more of Ted Williams in Boston, though that team didn't do terribly well. Willie Mays is featured and the great catch he made in 1954 against the Vic Wertz of the Cleveland Indians. There is a segment on Don Larsen's perfect game and the 1955 Series where the Dodgers finally won one. We are told about the economics of baseball as the Dodgers and Giants went off to California, much to the chagrin of their loyal fans. I remember these things like it was yesterday. Of course, it also shows a bit of this series' prejudice of the New York scene. It would have been nice to see a little about the other teams who were doing some great things at the time.


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