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.
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[on baseball in New York in the 1950's
It was one of the greatest times, watching Mickey, Willie, and the Duke. And you go out to the corner bar and you would hear the arguements.
[in Harlem accent
"Willie's the greatest! He can do anything!"
[in Brooklyn accent
"You're nuts, it's the Duke! The Duke is a classic! You ever see him running with his elbows in like that?"
[in Bronx accent
"Guys, you are both wrong. It's Mickey and that's it! He's strong, he's blond, he hits from both sides of the ...
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
Joltin' Joe DiMaggio
Written by Benjamin Homer and Alan Courtney
Performed by Bobby Horton See more