(DVD - 2004)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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. Here is the story of a nation at work and play. Experience it in ten thrilling "innings" from master storyteller and award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns.


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Oct 24, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Baseball" is the complete story of the game. Ken Burns triumphs again will a film masterpiece on the great hero's of American Favorite Past Time. Burns cover over 100 years of the history of the game from the stadium, the owners, the ordinary players and the hero's of the game. It really is exciting to see how each generation had a different story. For instance, the Jackie Robinson Era was fascinating.. So were the years of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Walter Matthews. Not to be outdone, along come people like Mantle, Maris, Clemente and Mays. I learned so many inside things about baseball. You should see the changes in the baseball gloves over the years. Burns doesn't gloss over the scandals either. It is all here in "Baseball" by Ken Burns.

Apr 25, 2014
  • ReidCooper rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If you love baseball, it's well worth watching, especially the early "Innings" where some great archival material is presented. The biggest problem for me was the focus on particular games by only particular teams sometimes made it drag and at times feel very unbalanced. Enough with the obsession with New York and Boston already. You would never guess some MLB teams existed, watching this.

Even without watching the "Making Of" documentary at the end, you can guess that Burns is a Red Sox fan, and that a lot of his production team were Yankees fans.

Aug 15, 2011
  • oldfryup rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Classic. I have never played the game, but Burns creates a story that encompasses America and its history, not just sport. Americana at its finest.
His “Civil War” series is equally engrossing.


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