Baseball (PBS)

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History Documentary hosted by John Chancellor, directed by Ken Burns, published by PBS in 1994 - English narration

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BASEBALL is a nine-part series that examines nearly 200 years of American history through the prism of our national pastime. Americans have played baseball in one form or another since the early 19th century—while they conquered a continent, warred with one another and with enemies abroad, and struggled over labor, civil rights and the meaning of freedom. At the game’s heart lie mythic contradictions: it is a pastoral game that was actually born in crowded cities;it is an exhilarating democratic sport that tolerates cheating—and has excluded as many as it has embraced; a profoundly conservative game that has sometimes managed to be years ahead of its time.

[edit] First Inning Our Game

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 — there are records of a game called "Base" played at Valley Forge.

[edit] Second Inning Something Like a War

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.

[edit] Third Inning the Faith of Fifty Million People

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 (as a member of the Boston Red Sox) and a wave of immigration helps fill the stands with new fans, eager to "become American" by learning America's game.

[edit] Fourth Inning a National Heirloom

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.

[edit] Fifth Inning Shadow Ball

Inning Five, Shadow Ball, tells the story of the Negro Leagues in the 1930s. The title refers to a common pre-game feature in which the players staged a mock game with an imaginary ball. Though unintended, the pantomime was an apt metaphor for the exclusion of blacks from major league play at that time.

[edit] Sixth Inning the National Pastime

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.

[edit] Seventh Inning the Capital of Baseball

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.

[edit] Eighth Inning a Whole New Ballgame

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.

[edit] Ninth Inning Home

Inning Nine, Home, looks at baseball from the 1970s to the present, 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.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L3.1
  • Video Bitrate: ~2100 Kbps (CRF 19)
  • Video Resolution: 640x480
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Framerate: 23.976 fps
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC (Nero)
  • Audio Quality: 0.48 (~120 Kbps) - 48KHz - Stereo
  • Run-Time: ~2hrs (each)
  • Part Size: ~1.33 GiB (each)
  • Number of Parts: 9
  • Container: MKV
  • Released: 1994
  • Source: DVD MPEG2 480i/p (Thanks to JimB0ss @a.b.dvd.classics)
  • Encoder: KarMa
  • Merged Subtitles: English (except the extra)

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