Season 1, Episode 15 Baseball: The National Pastime (1940-1950)
First Aired: September 26, 1994
The sixth “inning” (1940-50) of Burns' 1994 series “Baseball.” Included: the batting feats of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams; Branch Rickey's signing of Jackie Robinson, breaking the Major League color barrier; the death of Babe Ruth; World War II and its impact on the game. Also: the Rockford Peaches and the women's pro leagues. John Chancellor narrates.
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- Premiered: October 6, 2002
- Rating: None
- Premise: A series of documentaries by Ken Burns, including 'The Statue of Liberty,' 'Brooklyn Bridge,' 'Thomas Jefferson' and episodes of 'Jazz' and 'Baseball.' (more)