Season 1, Episode 6 The National Pastime

First Aired: September 25, 1994

Sixth inning (1940-50). The batting feats of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams; World War II and its effects on the game; the Rockford Peaches and the women's pro leagues. Also: Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson, breaking the Major League color barrier; the death of Babe Ruth. John Chancellor narrates.

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  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: This stirring history of the sport first aired, conveniently, during a baseball strike, and it was the perfect antidote to the first World Series-less year since 1904. The miniseries, like many from Ken Burns, made deft use of still photos, interviews and… (more)

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