History

Baseball

The story of Baseball is the story of America. It is an epic overflowing with heroes and hopefuls, scoundrels and screwballs. It is a saga spanning the quest for racial justice, the clash of labor and management, the transformation of popular culture, and the unfolding of the national pastime.

Part 5: Shadow Ball

2h 3m

Throughout America, and even on the baseball diamonds in New York's Central Park, thousands of homeless people build shantytowns called "Hoovervilles." More than ever, America needs heroes. And even as it struggles to make it through the Depression, baseball provides them. Inning Five, Shadow Ball, tells the story of the Negro Leagues in the 1930s, excluded from major league play at that time.

Episodes

  • Home: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 9: Home

    S1 E9 - 2h 25m

    In an age of globalization and deregulation, a cataclysmic strike over money and power brings baseball to the brink. Inning Nine, Home, looks at baseball from the 1970s to the 1990s, including the establishment of the free agent system, the rise in player salaries, the continued expansion, the dilution of talent, the ongoing battles between labor and management and the scandals.

  • A Whole New Ball Game: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 8: A Whole New Ball Game

    S1 E8 - 1h 53m

    The 1960s are a turbulent decade for America and turbulent decade for baseball, as one by one its "sacred" institutions fall. Inning Eight, A Whole New Ball Game, moves the field to the 1960s. This episode traces the emergence of television, the expansion to new cities and the building of anonymous multipurpose stadiums that robbed the game of its intimacy and some of its urban following.

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    Part 7: The Capital of Baseball

    S1 E7 - 2h 11m

    Inning Seven, The Capital of Baseball, takes viewers through the 1950s when New York City had three successful baseball teams and dominated the World Series. By the end of the decade, the Giants and Dodgers had left New York, a signal that the old game was changed forever.

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    Part 6: The National Pastime

    S1 E6 - 2h 28m

    Inning Six, The National Pastime, covers the 1940s and includes Joe DiMaggio's celebrated hitting streak, the awe-inspiring performance of Ted Williams and what Burns calls "baseball's finest moment" — the debut of Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

  • Shadow Ball: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 5: Shadow Ball

    S1 E5 - 2h 3m

    Throughout America, and even on the baseball diamonds in New York's Central Park, thousands of homeless people build shantytowns called "Hoovervilles." More than ever, America needs heroes. And even as it struggles to make it through the Depression, baseball provides them. Inning Five, Shadow Ball, tells the story of the Negro Leagues in the 1930s, excluded from major league play at that time.

  • A National Heirloom: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 4: A National Heirloom

    S1 E4 - 1h 54m

    The 1920s begin with America trying to recover from World War I and baseball trying to recover from the scandal of the 1919 World Series. Inning Four, A National Heirloom, concentrates on Babe Ruth, whose phenomenal performance thrilled the nation throughout the 1920s and rescued the game from the scandal of the previous decade.

  • The Faith of Fifty Million People: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 3: The Faith of Fifty Million People

    S1 E3 - 1h 58m

    Before and after World War I, a steady stream of immigrants land on the shores of America. They want instantly to become American, to pursue the American dream, to play the American game. Inning Three, The Faith of Fifty Million People, examines the century's second decade, which was dominated by the Black Sox scandal. George Herman "Babe" Ruth makes his first major league appearance.

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    Part 2: Something Like a War

    S1 E2 - 1h 45m

    In 1894, a sportswriter named Byron Bancroft "Ban" Johnson takes over a struggling minor league - the Western League - and turns it into a financial success. Inning Two, Something Like a War, takes viewers through 1910 and introduces some of the game's most celebrated and colorful characters, including Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.

  • Our Game: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 1: Our Game

    S1 E1 - 1h 54m

    In New York City, in the 1840s, people need a diversion from the "railroad pace" at which they work and live. They find it in a game of questionable origins. Inning One, Our Game, looks at the origins of baseball in the 1840s and takes the story up to 1900. Burns refutes the myth that Abner Doubleday invented baseball in Cooperstown and traces its roots instead to the earliest days of the nation.

Schedule

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    Baseball

    Something Like a War

    Sunday
    Apr 11

    2 Hours

    Profiles of extraordinary individuals include outfielder Ty Cobb, pitcher Walter Johnson, pitcher Christy Mathewson, manager John McGraw.
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    Baseball

    Something Like a War

    Sunday
    Apr 11

    2 Hours

    Profiles of extraordinary individuals include outfielder Ty Cobb, pitcher Walter Johnson, pitcher Christy Mathewson, manager John McGraw.
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    Baseball

    Our Game

    Sunday
    Apr 11

    2 Hours

    Filmmaker Ken Burns chronicles the rise of baseball from hobby to national sport, including a profile of baseball magnate Albert Goodwill Spalding.
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    Baseball

    Our Game

    Monday
    Apr 12

    2 Hours

    Filmmaker Ken Burns chronicles the rise of baseball from hobby to national sport, including a profile of baseball magnate Albert Goodwill Spalding.
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    Baseball

    Something Like a War

    Thursday
    Apr 15

    2 Hours

    Profiles of extraordinary individuals include outfielder Ty Cobb, pitcher Walter Johnson, pitcher Christy Mathewson, manager John McGraw.
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    Baseball

    Something Like a War

    Friday
    Apr 16

    2 Hours

    Profiles of extraordinary individuals include outfielder Ty Cobb, pitcher Walter Johnson, pitcher Christy Mathewson, manager John McGraw.
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    Baseball

    Shadow Ball

    Saturday
    Apr 17

    2 Hours 30 Minutes

    The rise of the Negro Leagues culminates with the battle between Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson in the Negro League World Series.
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    Baseball

    The Faith of 50 Million People

    Saturday
    Apr 17

    2 Hours

    The Black Sox Scandal saw members of the Chicago White Sox accused of taking money to throw the 1919 World Series.
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    Baseball

    The Faith of 50 Million People

    Sunday
    Apr 18

    2 Hours

    The Black Sox Scandal saw members of the Chicago White Sox accused of taking money to throw the 1919 World Series.
  • Image
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    Baseball

    The Faith of 50 Million People

    Sunday
    Apr 18

    2 Hours

    The Black Sox Scandal saw members of the Chicago White Sox accused of taking money to throw the 1919 World Series.
  • Image
    Baseball: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Baseball

    Something Like a War

    Sunday
    Apr 18

    2 Hours

    Profiles of extraordinary individuals include outfielder Ty Cobb, pitcher Walter Johnson, pitcher Christy Mathewson, manager John McGraw.
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    Baseball

    Something Like a War

    Monday
    Apr 19

    2 Hours

    Profiles of extraordinary individuals include outfielder Ty Cobb, pitcher Walter Johnson, pitcher Christy Mathewson, manager John McGraw.
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    Baseball

    The Faith of 50 Million People

    Thursday
    Apr 22

    2 Hours

    The Black Sox Scandal saw members of the Chicago White Sox accused of taking money to throw the 1919 World Series.
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    Baseball

    The Faith of 50 Million People

    Friday
    Apr 23

    2 Hours

    The Black Sox Scandal saw members of the Chicago White Sox accused of taking money to throw the 1919 World Series.
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    Baseball

    A National Heirloom

    Saturday
    Apr 24

    2 Hours

    Babe Ruth's popularity throughout the 1920s rescues baseball from the Black Sox Scandal.
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    Baseball

    A National Heirloom

    Sunday
    Apr 25

    2 Hours

    Babe Ruth's popularity throughout the 1920s rescues baseball from the Black Sox Scandal.
  • Image
    Baseball: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Baseball

    A National Heirloom

    Sunday
    Apr 25

    2 Hours

    Babe Ruth's popularity throughout the 1920s rescues baseball from the Black Sox Scandal.
  • Image
    Baseball: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Baseball

    The Faith of 50 Million People

    Sunday
    Apr 25

    2 Hours

    The Black Sox Scandal saw members of the Chicago White Sox accused of taking money to throw the 1919 World Series.
  • Image
    Baseball: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Baseball

    The Faith of 50 Million People

    Monday
    Apr 26

    2 Hours

    The Black Sox Scandal saw members of the Chicago White Sox accused of taking money to throw the 1919 World Series.

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