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The Tenth Inning: Top of the Tenth 

This latest entry covers the period from the early 1990's onward. Labor relations deteriorated badly in the early part of that decade leading to the players strike in August 1994. The ... See full summary »

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Ken Burns, Lynn Novick
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Episode credited cast:
Hank Aaron ... Himself (archive footage)
Felipe Alou Felipe Alou ... Himself
Barry Bonds ... Himself (archive footage)
Thomas Boswell Thomas Boswell ... Himself
Marcos Breton Marcos Breton ... Himself
Howard Bryant Howard Bryant ... Himself
Harry Caray Harry Caray ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Costas ... Himself
Keith David ... Narrator
Gerald Early ... Himself
Don Fehr Don Fehr ... Himself
Doris Kearns Goodwin ... Herself
Gary Hoenig Gary Hoenig ... Himself
Pedro Martinez Pedro Martinez ... Himself
Mark McGwire ... Himself (archive footage)
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This latest entry covers the period from the early 1990's onward. Labor relations deteriorated badly in the early part of that decade leading to the players strike in August 1994. The Montreal Expos were the best team in baseball at the time but when a Federal judge blocked the owners from unilaterally imposing a contract (which would have let them use replacement players) it quickly came to an end and the players returned to work under the old contract. Attendance dropped after that but the game recovered quickly with the heroics of Cal Ripkin Jr. By the end of 1990's, fans were caught up in the home run derby presented by Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. There was also the first whiff of scandal when McGwire was accused of using steroids. It was also an era when new baseball stadiums were built in many cities, evoking an earlier age when the parks were built specifically for the sport. The curse of the Bambino finally came to an end with the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series in ... Written by garykmcd

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28 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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The opening and closing music for this episode is "Let There Be Drums", performed by Incredible Bongo Band. See more »

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The Fall and Rise of Baseball
26 January 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

There are so many things covered here again. The centerpoint has to do with the owners versus the players and the strike that almost destroyed any love people have for the game. I'd forgotten how angry the country became when millionaires were fighting against billionaires. Up until the strike there were several incredible things happening in the league, including a potential .400 hitter, but the strike ended it and even the World Series was cancelled. When people came back, many of them booed their own players. Then a feature on one of the most incredible players of all time. It's interesting that Cal Ripken, Jr., who broke Gehrig's record, was also an incredible gentlemen. I was never a Baltimore fan but I was a Ripken fan because he was the adult who deported himself and brought back class to the game. It took a while but the game started to gain momentum again. Soon the home run became the center of attention and the likes of McGwire, Sosa, Griffey, Jr., Bonds, and Canseco were pounding them out like crazy. Why were they able to suddenly increase their production. Well.......enough said. This is quite the episode.


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