Baseball (1994–2010)
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America and the world are seeing more changes then at any time in history. And so is baseball.


Ken Burns


Episode credited cast:
John Chancellor ... Narrator (voice)
John Hartford ... Self (voice)
Studs Terkel ... Self (voice)
John Turturro ... Self (voice)
Eli Wallach ... Self (voice)


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America and the world are seeing more changes then at any time in history. And so is baseball.

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A Little Of This, A Little Of That As The Series Ends
12 August 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This last segment covers 1970 all the way to the early '90s. The series was shown on television in 1994, so it probably finished filming segments in 1993.

Topics include manager Earl Weaver and the Baltimore Orioles, Willie Stargell and the Pittsburgh Pirates, "The Big Red Machine" of the Cincinnati Reds and the Yankees rise and fall under George Steinbrenner. We also witness more horrible losses by the Boston Red Sox. What a shame this series wasn't continued and Sox fans could finally be shown celebrating the end of their dreaded "curse" in 2004.

In between these stories are more labor discussions and tributes to Roberto Clemente, Carl Yazstremski and Pete Rose.

I was sorry to see this nine-part series end. It had a definite bias on certain issues but it was great to watch, each one of the two-hour segments. I would have enjoyed them discussing the home run records being smashed and the steroids scandal that has gone with that. I'm sure they would have amended their tribute to Rose, too. At any rate, each decade in baseball provides tons of heroes and controversial subjects.

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