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Baseball - A Film By Ken Burns
Baseball - A Film By Ken Burns
Actors: Mamie Ruth Moberly, Hank Aaron, Bud Abbott, Roger Angell, Arthur Ashe
Director: Ken Burns
Genres: Television, Sports, Documentary
NR     2004     19hr 0min

Ken Burns tops himself with this epic of American history, told in "nine innings," with a skilled narration by John Chancellor and the voices of Paul Newman, Jason Robards, Billy Crystal, and other stars. The series span...  more »


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Actors: Mamie Ruth Moberly, Hank Aaron, Bud Abbott, Roger Angell, Arthur Ashe
Director: Ken Burns
Genres: Television, Sports, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Baseball, Documentary, Documentary
Studio: Pbs Paramount
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/28/2004
Original Release Date: 09/18/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 09/18/1994
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 19hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 10
SwapaDVD Credits: 10
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 22
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Len S. (lens) from ARMUCHEE, GA
Reviewed on 12/10/2010...
What a journey! From the birth of the sport right up through near-present day, Mr. Burns delves into the myths and legends of our national pastime. While alternating between the history of the game and bios of its most colorful participants, this 10-DVD set is sure to please baseball lovers everywhere.

See what made Babe Ruth a living legend. Find out why Ty Cobb was as hated as he was respected. Watch as Honus Wagner becomes much more than a name from the past: "He used to scoop up a handful of dirt and pebbles every time he fielded a ball, and the pebbles would arrive at first base about the same time the ball did."

Relive the glory days of baseball when backward farm boys with incredible natural talent were all nicknamed "Rube". Learn about "The Splendid Splinter" and his feud with the fans of Boston that lasted long past his playing days. Watch the travails of the Gashouse Gang, the Mustache Gang, the Black Socks, the Miracle Mets and, of course, the Bronx Bombers.

Interjected throughout you'll find tales of childhoods-gone-by and hero worship from some of baseball's great historians, as well as popular figures like Billy Crystal.

The ONLY problem I had with this set was the coverage of 1968. Rightfully centered around Bob Gibson and Denny McClain, they failed to mention that my all-time favorite player, Mickey Lolich, won three complete games and hit a homer on his way to winning the World Series MVP. Lolich beat Gibson in Game 7 on just two days rest.

But with that slight forgiven, this is without a doubt the most enjoyable and enlightening trip through baseball's past. If your favorite thing to hear is "Pitchers and catchers report in two weeks", you absolutely must watch this epic collection.

Movie Reviews

10th Inning included in this set
Don Reese | Duluth, MN USA | 10/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First off, I'll go ahead and say it's my fault for buying this and the "10th Inning" DVD separately.

I heard about the new Ken Burn's documentary so I came to Amazon looking for it. I put it in my cart and saw the usual list of items frequently purchased together with it. That's when I saw the original documentary was being released on DVD.

I didn't see anywhere in the description of the Ken Burns' Baseball set that "10th Inning" was included. Imagine my surprise when I opened the shipment and saw in the lower right corner of the box that the set did indeed included "10th Inning" as well as additional footage.

I came back to Amazon to see if I'd missed it, but after reading the description I still don't see "10th Inning" mentioned. (At the time of this posting.)

However, if I look at the image, and click on it to enlarge, there it is. The notice that "10th Inning" is included in the set.

So my mistake for not noticing and checking out that little red blurb in the corner before buying both items. (After all, they ARE frequently purchased together. The Amazon algorithm can't be wrong. Apparently I'm not the only one making this mistake, but I'm here to try to help others from making it.)

This is posted primarily as a head's up to those who haven't purchased either documentary yet.

Simply stupendous
Kenneth Wolman | Sea Bright, New Jersey United States | 08/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It brought me back to loving and following the game I loved for years. For that alone it is worth everything bright and beautiful."