Watch Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

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Series Length:1 Season, 11 Episodes
Network: PBS
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Whether you love the game of baseball or not this television show is a delight for the entire family. The show reminds us that the sport was once pure in the since that you some the vigor and youth of your favorite player on display and there was never any question if he had an unfair advantage over the other players because of drugs.

The show takes us to the humble beginnings of the sport and shows the viewer just how wide spread and deeply rooted the game is. A past time during the civil war, both fighting sides could be seen taking a Sunday off to enjoy the sport under a bright sunny day. The rules are universal and have changed little over the years even though our country has.

The show reveals how discrimination in society almost ruined the game and how the game ran concurrent with how are country grappled with the acceptance of all people in the sport as we did in society.

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Status: Canceled/Ended
Genre: Sports
Rating: 9/10
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  • As the new millenium dawns, baseball on the field is better than ever before. In an era of offense, Pedro Martinez and a handful of other pitchers still manage to dominate. Ichiro Suzuki proves that Asian players can be superstars, while Barry Bonds becomes one of the most dominant hitters of all time. In the fall of 2001, when a badly frightened country yearns for normalcy, baseball helps provide it. In an epic battle with the Yankees, the benighted Boston Red Sox stage the greatest comeback in history. Baseball is more popular and profitable than ever, but suspicions and revelations about performance enhancing drugs keep surfacing, calling the integrity of the game itself into question.

  • In an age of globalization and deregulation, a cataclysmic strike over money and power brings baseball to the brink, dazzlingly talented Latin players transform the sport, Cal Ripken, Jr. becomes baseball's new Iron Man, and Ken Griffey, Jr. and Barry Bonds are simply superb. The Braves dominate the National League while the Yankees build a new dynasty. As home run totals soar, sluggers Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa smash one of the game's most hallowed records. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, players on every team must make life altering decisions about how far they are willing to go to succeed.

  • America and the world are seeing more changes then at any time in history. And so is baseball. Free agency, multi-million dollar salaries, designated hitters, a new all-time home run champion, a Canadian world champion. And yet, today, we can still look at the game and see something not much different than what our fathers and grandfathers saw.

  • The 1960s are a turbulent decade for America. There are race riots, anti-war protests, hippies, Woodstock. It is also a turbulent decade for baseball, as one by one its "sacred" institutions fall. It starts with Bill Mazeroski bringing down the mighty Yankees with one dramatic home run, the first ever to end a World Series. Then, in 1961, Roger Maris pursues Babe Ruth's "untouchable" record. In 1962, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants are replaced by the New York Mets, who compile the worst single season record of the century.

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