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11-DVD Box Set, Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns (1840s - 2009)
Here is the Emmy Award-winning story of America's national pastime from master storyteller Ken Burns.

It is an epic overflowing with heroes and hopefuls, scoundrels and screwballs. Babe Ruth. Jackie Robinson. Shoeless Joe Jackson. Sandy Koufax. Satchel Paige. Pete Rose. Roberto Clemente. Casey Stengel. Hank Aaron. Joe DiMaggio. Ichiro Suzuki. Barry Bonds.

It is a saga spanning the quest for racial justice, the clash of labor and management, the immigrant experience, the transformation of popular culture, and the enduring appeal of the national pastime.

Now an all-new episode, The Tenth Inning, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, brings the series up to date. The strike, the home run chase, the steroids scandal, the rise of the Yankees and the triumph of the Red Sox - through it all, baseball remains a mirror of America.

Running Time: 1380 minutes of program content on 11 discs plus 150 minutes of bonus material

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The companion volume to Ken Burns’s magnificent PBS television series, Baseball – An Illustrated History, has been updated and expanded to coincide with the broadcast of a new, two-part Tenth Inning, directed with Lynn Novick.

The authors of the acclaimed and best-selling The Civil War, Jazz, and The War turn to another uniquely American phenomenon: baseball. In words and pictures they provide a stunningly rich evocation of our beloved national pastime, a game woven inextricably into the fabric of our lives and our national memory.

Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns’s moving and fascinating history of the game goes beyond stolen bases, double plays, and home runs to demonstrate how baseball has been influenced by, and has in turn influenced, American life: politics, race, labor, big business, advertising, social custom, literature, art, and morality. The book covers every milestone of the game: from the rules drawn up in 1845 by Alexander Cartwright to the American League’s introduction of the designated hitter in 1973; from the founding of the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players in 1885 to the eight-month players’ strike of 1994; from the 1924 Negro World Series (Kansas City Monarchs vs. Philadelphia Hilldales) to Jack Roosevelt Robinson’s major-league debut in 1947; from the first curve ball in 1867 (pitched by Candy Cummings of the Brooklyn Excelsiors) to Nolan Ryan’s seventh and last no-hitter in 1991. This new edition brings the authors’ monumental work into the twenty-first century: steroids, home-run records, the rise of Latino players, the long-awaited Red Sox World Series victory, and so much more.

Nine essays by notable baseball enthusiasts, exploring their individual preoccupations with the game, complement this sweeping narrative. And a wealth of pictures document baseball’s evolution since the mid-nineteenth century and bring to life its most memorable figures. Monumental, affecting, informative, entertaining, and sumptuously illustrated—Baseball is a book that speaks to all Americans.

Paperback: 592 pages

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Baseball: The Tenth Inning

Baseball: The Tenth Inning

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THE TENTH INNING tells the tumultuous story of America's national pastime from the early 1990s to the present day, introducing an unforgettable array of players, teams and fans, celebrating the game's resilience and enduring appeal, and showcasing both extraordinary accomplishments -- and devastating losses and disappointments.

The film highlights dramatic developments that transformed the game: the crippling 1994 strike that left many fans disillusioned with their heroes; the increasing dominance of Latino and Asian players who turned baseball into a truly international game; baseball's skyrocketing profits, thanks to new stadiums, interleague play, and the wild card; the rise of a new Yankee Dynasty; the Red Sox' historic World Series victory; the astonishing feats of Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds; and the revelations about performance-enhancing drugs that cast a shadow on many of the era's greatest stars and their accomplishments.

Combining extraordinary highlights, stunning still photographs, popular music of the period, and insightful commentary by players, managers, experts and fans, Burns and Novick's THE TENTH INNING interweaves the story of the national pastime with the story of America. In an age of globalization, deregulation and speculation, the film demonstrates that baseball has continued to be a mirror of the country -- at its best and at its worst. The film also movingly shows that when America felt most threatened, following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, baseball offered common ground, providing Americans with solace, distraction, and the hope that things could one day return to normal.

The film airs 16 years after the original Emmy Award-winning, nine-part documentary series BASEBALL debuted in 1994 during the players' strike. The original series was seen by more than 43 million viewers, making it the most-watched program in PBS history.

"Baseball has changed so much in the last 15 years, but at the same time, the reason that the game is so enduring is that it is timeless," said Ken Burns. "Like the original series, this film pays tribute to one of our nation's greatest institutions. We celebrate tremendous athletic achievements and examine the humanity and diversity of the players, the dynamic relationship with the fans, and all the layers and nuances that make a seemingly simple exercise of hitting a ball with a stick infinitely fascinating."

"We have worked hard to provide a human dimension to the recent history of the game -- to appreciate the great athletes who have given so much joy to so many, and to understand the real-world forces shaping their decisions," Lynn Novick said. "For us as filmmakers, it has been tremendously exciting, and challenging, to try to do justice to this complicated story, and to try to understand what it says about who we are."

THE TENTH INNING Includes on camera interviews with Bud Selig, Joe Torre, Pedro Martinez, Ichiro Suzuki, Bob Costas, George Will, Thomas Boswell, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Marcus Breton, Mike Barnicle, Keith Olbermann, and others.

Narrated by Keith David (The War, Jazz, Unforgivable Blackness).

Extra material. All extras have English SDH subtitles (2.5 hours of bonus material).

DISC 1: “Top of the Tenth” DISC 2: “Bottom of the Tenth”
  • Back to the Ballpark: An Interview with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
  • Additional Scenes:
    • Full of Knowledge
    • Dodgertown
    • A Tour of Fenway
    • A Night at Fenway
    • Central Park
  • Interview Outtakes About the Era’s Stars:
    • Greg Maddux
    • Pedro Martinez
    • Derek Jeter
    • Cal Ripken
    • Ichiro
    • David Ortiz
    • Barry Bonds
    • Joe Torre
  • Interview Outtakes About the Era’s Stars
  • Hitting and Hitters
  • Pitching and Pitchers
  • Fielding
  • Red Sox and Yankees
  • Cubs
  • Giants
  • Affirmative Action Home Runs
  • Late 90s Power Surge
  • Home Run Chase of 1998
  • Asterisks and the Hall of Fame
  • Fame
  • The Flip
  • 9/11
  • Coming to America
  • Globalization
  • Ichiro on the WBC
  • Rotisserie
  • Why We Love the Game