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Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns - Nine Inning Set (1994)

Cast: Jason Robards, Jr., Billy Crystal, John Chancellor, more...
Director: Ken Burns, Ken Burns
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: PBS Home Video
Genre: Documentary, Sports, Sports, Sports Documentary
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns - Nine Inning Set (Disc 1 of 10) (1994)
The first episode in Ken Burns' spectacular documentary of America's favorite pastime takes us from baseball's origins in the 1840s to the dawning of a new century, when glorious moments were captured in still photos rather than newsreel footage. Learn about the valuable contributions of Albert Goodwill Spaulding and Harry Wright, and recall some of the century's great players such as King Kelly, Cap Anson, and Cy Young. Burns highlights great teams like the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Baltimore Orioles, and provides the background of those less glorious moments, when Moses Fleetwood Walker and all other Negroes were expelled from the major leagues. Also told is the story of John Montgomery Ward's efforts to establish a players' union. Ken Burns' Baseball: Inning 1 -- Our Game is a powerful and informative first inning for this classic baseball series. ~ Kathryn Tamms, All Movie Guide

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns - Nine Inning Set (Disc 2 of 10) (1994)
At the turn of the 20th century, Ken Burns' documentary homage to baseball history enters its "second inning." Baseball's first decade in the new century began with the creation of a new league, as "Ban" Johnson's unbending will -- along with the 500-dollar bonus he offered National League players to switch allegiances -- forced the American League into being. Detroit's Ty Cobb ruled the decade on the field while the Pirates' Honus Wagner, another possible contender for best player, was pushed to the sidelines. Other highlights of volume two in this nine-part series include the development of independent professional Negro teams, as well as the story of female semi-pro pitcher Alta Weiss. ~ Kathryn Tamms, All Movie Guide

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns - Nine Inning Set (Disc 3 of 10) (1994)
The third inning of Ken Burns' nine-inning documentary leads us into the Roaring '20s, but not before hitting the sport's stumbling block that was the Black Sox World Series scandal of 1919. Charles Comisky's stingy handling of the Chicago White Sox, who would eventually throw the series against the Reds, was tempered by the success of the Athletics under Connie Mack. Kenesaw Mountain Landis became baseball's first Commissioner, making headlines both by banning the Black Sox for life, and by approving the sale of George H. Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees for 125,000 dollars. The dark cloud of scandal was about to be cleared away by a new hero. ~ Kathryn Tamms, All Movie Guide

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns - Nine Inning Set (Disc 4 of 10) (1994)
In a decade dominated by the New York Yankees, Babe Ruth became the nation's "heirloom." Inning four of Ken Burns' sweeping nine-part documentary series focuses on the years 1920-1930, when baseball's black mark left by the Black Sox scandal of 1919 was erased by the legend of Babe Ruth. His impact on the game far overshadowed the previous achievements of the beloved Ty Cobb. This episode also highlights other great players of the decade such as Rogers Hornsby and Walter Johnson, the organization by Rube Foster of the Negro Leagues, and the barnstorming of the country by the House of David. ~ Kathryn Tamms, All Movie Guide

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns - Nine Inning Set (Disc 5 of 10) (1994)
Negro League Baseball, in all of its triumphs and tragedies, is captured in inning five of Ken Burns' classic baseball documentary. The stories of great Negro League players such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Judy Johnson, and Buck Leonard help set the stage for the history-making moment in 1942 when Jackie Robinson walked onto Ebbet's Field for the first time. Back in the Major Leagues, the program focuses on Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio, the Yankees' challenge to Dizzy Dean and the Gas House Gang St. Louis Cardinals, and the impact of the Great Depression as inspiration for the first All-Star game. ~ Kathryn Tamms, All Movie Guide

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns - Nine Inning Set (Disc 6 of 10) (1994)
The previous five "innings" of Ken Burns' sweeping baseball documentary set the stage for the triumphant moment in this sixth episode when Jackie Robinson takes the field in his first Major League game for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1942, an event of enormous personal and social significance. Other personal achievements of the decade included Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak and Ted Williams' .406 batting average in 1941. Burns also highlights the state of baseball during World War II, rescued, in part, by the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The decade ended with the death of the legendary Babe Ruth. ~ Kathryn Tamms, All Movie Guide

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns - Nine Inning Set (Disc 7 of 10) (1994)
New York held sway in the world of baseball from 1950-1960, and the seventh episode -- or "inning" -- of Ken Burns' documentary series focuses on the dominating forces of the Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants. At least one of these teams played in every World Series between 1949 and 1958, and six of those series saw the Yankees pitted against either the Dodgers or the Giants. Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle of the Yankees, Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella of the Dodgers, as well as Willie Mays and Bobby Thompson of the Giants are just some of the legendary players who lit up the newsreel clips and increasingly popular TV screens. It was a decade of moving franchises, as the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, the Giants to San Francisco, and the Braves to Milwaukee. But in the seventh inning, the game is far from over. ~ Kathryn Tamms, All Movie Guide

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns - Nine Inning Set (Disc 8 of 10) (1994)
The classic black-and-white newsreel clips and old photographs that dominated the first seven innings of Ken Burns' documentary tribute to America's pastime now give way to color clips as baseball enters the '60s in Ken Burns' Baseball: Inning 8 -- A Whole New Ballgame. In this decade, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris tried to overtake Babe Ruth's home run record, Sandy Koufax made a name for himself, and Bob Gibson and Denny McLain had MVP pitching seasons. In other highlights, fans said goodbye to Ted Williams, welcomed the New York Mets, and Curt Flood challenged the reserve clause as institutional slavery when he refused to be traded from the Cardinals to the Phillies. ~ Kathryn Tamms, All Movie Guide

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns - Nine Inning Set (Disc 9 of 10) (1994)
Ken Burns' celebrated baseball documentary has come full circle, from the black-and-white images of the game's beginnings to the full color of the modern era. Ken Burns' Baseball: Inning 9 -- Home, the final episode, deals with such threats to our national pastime as drug use by players, the egos of players and owners such as Reggie Jackson and George Steinbrenner, sky-rocketing salaries, and Pete Rose's banishment for gambling. But it also relives such moments as Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's home run record, Carlton Fisk keeping the ball fair at Fenway with his body language, and Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. hitting back-to-back home runs in a game. Jackie Robinson's funeral is also covered in this episode, as Burns continues to pay tribute to the man who broke baseball's color barrier. ~ Kathryn Tamms, All Movie Guide

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Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns - Nine Inning Set (Disc 1 of 10) (1994)
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the babe, the war, the kid and jack. by psychodrama311 May 13, 2003 - 1:46 AM PDT
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a great disc. covering a very unique time in both baseball and the world. starts out slow with some joe d.. and ted williams spots..but get's up to speed with jackie robinson and the war. but the highlight is the babe episode at the end.. very.. outstanding but non obtrusive. he was fantastic for baseball.

great beginning by psychodrama311 May 12, 2003 - 3:53 PM PDT
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although a part of baseball few probably will care for. i found this disc to be a reminder of where baseball was once at. a game for the poor...not the rich man's game of today. great old pictures and stories of baseball's beginnings

a sad walk through the archives by psychodrama311 May 5, 2003 - 6:10 PM PDT
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ruth retires. yankees keep winning. dimaggio, williams begin. gehrig retires.. very sad decade as many of baseball's first stars began to pass away. except ty cobb of course. this disc is more like intermission. your waiting for the roaring fourties.

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