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Ken Burns' Baseball Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

9 Episodes 1994 - 1994

Episode 1

Our Game

Sun, Sep 18, 1994 115 mins

First inning: Segments on baseball's history prior to the 20th century include the game's origins; the nation's first organized teams; Albert Goodwill Spalding; and greats Cy Young, Cap Anson and King Kelly. John Chancellor is the narrator.

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Episode 2

Something Like a War

Mon, Sep 19, 1994 106 mins

Second inning (1900-1910): The start of Ban Johnson's American League; the first World Series; the "Merkle boner"; the first leagues for women and blacks; profiles Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson.

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Episode 3

The Faith of 50 Million People

Tue, Sep 20, 1994 120 mins

Third inning (1910-20). A profile of Connie Mack; Ty Cobb's suspension; the construction of Ebbets Field; and the Black Sox scandal in the 1919 World Series. John Chancellor is the narrator.

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Episode 4

A National Heirloom

Wed, Sep 21, 1994 116 mins

Fourth inning (1920-30). Babe Ruth; the start of the Negro National League; profiles of Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gehrig and the '27 Yankees' "Murderers' Row". John Chancellor is the narrator.

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Episode 5

Shadow Ball

Thu, Sep 22, 1994 125 mins

Fifth inning (1930-40). The Negro Leagues; Babe Ruth's "called shot" in the 1932 World Series; profiles of Bob Feller, Satchel Paige and Joe DiMaggio. John Chancellor narrates.

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Episode 6

The National Pastime

Sun, Sep 25, 1994 150 mins

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; Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson, breaking the Major League color barrier; the death of Babe Ruth. John Chancellor narrates.

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Episode 7

The Capital of Baseball

Mon, Sep 26, 1994 133 mins

Seventh inning (1950-60). "The Shot Heard 'Round the World," Bobby Thomson's pennant-winning home run in 1950; Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First"; Casey Stengel, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays; the Dodgers and Giants move to California. John Chancellor narrates.

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Episode 8

A Whole New Ballgame

Tue, Sep 27, 1994 116 mins

Eighth inning (1960-70). Bill Mazeroski's 1960 Series-winning home run; Roger Maris's 61 homers in '61; Bob Gibson, Carl Yastrzemski, Stan Musial and Sandy Koufax; football's growing popularity; Marvin Miller and the players' union; Curt Flood's stand against the reserve clause. John Chancellor narrates.

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Episode 9

Home

Wed, Sep 28, 1994 147 mins

Ninth inning (1970-1993). Game 6 of the '75 Reds-Red Sox World Series; free agency and collusion; the death of Jackie Robinson; Hank Aaron breaks the career HR mark; the "Big Red Machine"; owners Charles Finley and George Steinbrenner; the "curse" of the Red Sox; Roberto Clemente, Pete Rose, Reggie Jackson and Nolan Ryan. John Chancellor narrates.

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