Baseball (1994–2010)
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The Capital of Baseball 

Americans are on the move. Moving to the suburbs. Moving across the country. They are, it seems, restless. Of course, if you're a baseball fan in New York, you don't want to move. You're in baseball heaven.


Ken Burns


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Episode credited cast:
John Chancellor ... Narrator (voice)
Bob Costas ... Himself
Billy Crystal ... Himself
Mario Cuomo ... Himself
Ossie Davis ... Himself
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Herself (as LaTanya Richardson)
Alex Lewis Alex Lewis ... Himself
Charles McDowell Charles McDowell ... Himself (as Charley McDowell)
Daniel Okrent ... Himself
George Plimpton ... Himself
Jackie Robinson ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Roebling Paul Roebling ... Himself
Vin Scully ... Himself
Jerry Stiller ... Himself
John Turturro ... Himself


The episode covers the 1950s and deals with several key events and issues: the dominance of the Yankees, the continuing integration of the game and the move to the West Coast of the Dodgers and Giants. The Yankees dominate baseball in the 1950s, winning 9 American League pennants and the World Series 5 times. For their rivals, particularly the Brooklyn Dodgers, every season proved to be a case of 'wait until next year'. The Dodgers year finally came in 1955 but with dwindling attendance, both the Dodgers and the NY Giants announce a few years later that they are moving to the West Coast. Integration of the game continued throughout this period but as one observer notes, the democratization of the game meant the end of the Negro leagues, at one time the largest Black-owned business in America. Written by garykmcd

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26 September 1994 (USA) See more »

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Billy Crystal: [on baseball in New York in the 1950's] It was one of the greatest times, watching Mickey, Willie, and the Duke. And you go out to the corner bar and you would hear the arguements.
[in Harlem accent]
Billy Crystal: "Willie's the greatest! He can do anything!"
[in Brooklyn accent]
Billy Crystal: "You're nuts, it's the Duke! The Duke is a classic! You ever see him running with his elbows in like that?"
[in Bronx accent]
Billy Crystal: "Guys, you are both wrong. It's Mickey and that's it! He's strong, he's blond, he hits from both sides of the ...
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Crazy Credits

The end credits for this episode are replete with baseball nicknames, such as Ken "the Kid" Burns, Lynn "The Babe" Novick, and John "Iron Horse" Chancellor. See more »


Written by Chuck Río
Published by Longitude Music & Power Force Music
Performed by The Champs
Courtesy of Masters International, Inc.
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New York, New York
19 June 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Baseball: Seventh Inning 'The Capital of Baseball' (1994)

**** (out of 4)

The seventh of the nine part series takes a look at baseball during 1950-59. The title itself refers to New York, which had three great teams playing at the start of the decade but by the time it was over they'd have just one. Others topics/players covered in this episode include Jackie Robinson being released from his original contract, Yogi Bera, The Miracle at Coogan's Bluff, Joe DiMaggio's retirement, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams returning to active duty, midget Eddie Gaedel drawing a walk, Don Larson's perfect game in the World Series and the legendary Willie Mays catch. Needless to say, fans of the game are really going to love this episode, which is just as great as the previous six. Considering the years covered, the majority of the footage shown is actual video of the games, which is great because we get to see so many of these terrific players. One of the best moments deals with Ted Williams finally retiring from the game and hitting a home run on his final at bat. Williams is also interviewed and talks about his 80/20 on tipping his hat to the fans of Boston. A large majority of the running time is devoted to the three New York teams who were pretty much in every World Series for a period of time. We take a look at the three teams as they hit several highs throughout the decade but of course there's the downfall of the Dodgers and Giants moving out West. Also covered is Mickey Mantle taking his place as a Yankees legend and we also get an interview with him. Bob Costas and Billy Crystal are also interviewed and share some great stories about their fathers taking them to Yankee Stadium.

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