Baseball (1994)


“It is played everywhere. In parks and playgrounds and prison yards. In back alleys and farmers’ fields. By small children and old men. Raw amateurs and millionaire professionals. It is a leisurely game that demands blinding speed. The only game in which the defense has the ball. It follows the seasons, beginning each year with the fond expectancy of springtime, and ending with the hard facts of autumn. It is a haunted game, in which every player is measured against the ghosts of all who have gone before. Most of all, it is about time and timelessness. Speed and grace. Failure and loss. Imperishable hope. And coming home. ” – Narrator

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the history of the American Pastime of Baseball from the early 1800’s until 1994.

My Take on it –This is a documentary that I’ve wanted to see for decades, but the 18+ hour run time always scared me away from conquering the task.

Ken Burns knows how to make a long documentary stays engaging and entertaining even when it clocks in at such a long runtime.

The episodes flew by due to the great way that things are presented and I didn’t feel as if it dipped or lagged at any point because it was so interesting and informative the whole way through.

The fact that this film is so comprehensive makes it so amazing to watch.

There are so many eye-opening anecdotes and stories told her about the nearly 200 year history of the sport known as being America’s pastime and the choice to keep it chronological, yet broken up into innings for each decade also helps keep things in perspective.

I really liked the fact that each of the 9 episodes could be watched as a stand alone or as part of the series because of the way that t all is presented, but watching the whole things together is probably the best way to go.

The interviews that this film gives with former players and fans alike adds so much realism to the many facets of the film and enhances things so much.

They do such a wonderful job covering this topic in such a fluid, yet complex way that it is so poignant and bombastic throughout the entire film.

Once again, Burns shows with this series how adept a documentary he truly is.

Can’t wait to eventually see the addition episodes added nearly 15 year later to tell the next part of the history of the sport!

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ironically, first aired in the fall of 1994 when much of the season and the World Series were cancelled due to a strike. This made it the only “baseball” available to millions of unhappy fans at what should have been the most exciting time of the season. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10)

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