A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.
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Series cast summary:
John Chancellor John Chancellor ...  Narrator 9 episodes, 1994
Daniel Okrent ...  Himself 8 episodes, 1994-2010
Ossie Davis ...  Various / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Paul Roebling Paul Roebling ...  Various / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Studs Terkel ...  Himself / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Eli Wallach ...  Various / ... 7 episodes, 1994
John Thorn John Thorn ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1994-2010
George Will ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1994-2010
Adam Arkin ...  Various / ... 6 episodes, 1994
Charles McDowell Charles McDowell ...  Himself / ... 6 episodes, 1994
Buck O'Neil Buck O'Neil ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1994
George Plimpton ...  Himself / ... 6 episodes, 1994
Gerald Early ...  Himself 5 episodes, 1994-2010
Doris Kearns Goodwin ...  Herself 5 episodes, 1994-2010
Roger Angell Roger Angell ...  Himself 5 episodes, 1994
Keith Carradine ...  Various / ... 5 episodes, 1994
Shelby Foote ...  Himself 5 episodes, 1994
Garrison Keillor ...  Various / ... 5 episodes, 1994
Amy Madigan ...  Various / ... 5 episodes, 1994
Jason Robards ...  Various / ... 5 episodes, 1994
John Turturro ...  Himself / ... 5 episodes, 1994
Bob Costas ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1994-2010
Red Barber Red Barber ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1994
Philip Bosco ...  Various 4 episodes, 1994
Robert W. Creamer Robert W. Creamer ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1994
Mario Cuomo ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1994
Donald Hall Donald Hall ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1994
Arthur Miller ...  Various / ... 4 episodes, 1994
Gregory Peck ...  Various / ... 4 episodes, 1994
Vin Scully ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1994
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Ken Burns relates the history of baseball in a fashion similar to that of his Civil War mini series. Old-time photos and illustrations depict the games early years, while newsreels and video clips highlight more recent developments. Players and participants speak in their own words, and sports writers and broadcasters offer commentary on the sport and events they witnessed. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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English

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18 September 1994 (USA) See more »

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Ironically, first aired in the fall of 1994 when much of the season and the World Series were cancelled due to a strike. This made it the only "baseball" available to millions of unhappy fans at what should have been the most exciting time of the season. See more »

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Narrator: It is played everywhere. In parks and playgrounds and prison yards. In back alleys and farmers' fields. By small children and old men. Raw amateurs and millionaire professionals. It is a leisurely game that demands blinding speed. The only game in which the defense has the ball. It follows the seasons, beginning each year with the fond expectancy of springtime, and ending with the hard facts of autumn. It is a haunted game, in which every player is measured against the ghosts of all who have ...
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Telling it like it was
5 December 2002 | by KakuekeSee all my reviews

Baseball is a well-researched, thorough documentary of the history of baseball made by Ken Burns, and anyone should find it enjoyable. Burns' overfocus on labor and blacks can be a bother at times, but that is the perspective he chose and he does well with it, and I certainly enjoyed "Shadowball." The real problem is the surfeit of commentary from people like George F. Will (besides, I do not wish to hear what he thinks about anything) and Doris Kearns Goodwin, all of 'em. What I want to hear is the baseball personalities, whom Burns did so well with, not the continual ruminations of celebrity nonexperts -- a little is enough. The worst moment is hearing them sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." The result was underemphasis of some areas of substantive baseball, like some great Philadelphia A's teams of old and various aspects and personalities of the most recent baseball at the time the documentary was made. But for the most part, thumbs up to Burns for his efforts.


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