The Giants would extend the streak to 10, with the Wild Card game in 2016 (Connor Gillespie!) , Original airdate: Tuesday, September 27, 1994. It overtook Civil War as the most-watched program in public television history and also won several awards, including the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series. It aired in Fall 2010 and covered the period from the 1994 strike through the 2009 season. It began with baseball’s origins in the 19th century and went all the way up to 1990. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. The sign stealing scandal. , Original airdate: Tuesday, September 20, 1994.  Burns also said that Baseball is the only one of his documentaries to which he was ever interested in doing a "sequel" (of sorts). As the series was intended to air commercial-free on public television the breaks are often quite abrupt. At the start of the World Series in 2014, the Royals and Giants were tied for the longest streak of Playoff Elimination Game Wins at 7...and both were active as they met. The first episode to air on the network also had utterances of the word "nigger" (as read from first person accounts or quotes from the time) bleeped out, despite the language of the episode being heard uncensored on over-the-air PBS stations for years. The series was narrated by John Chancellor, the former anchor of the NBC Nightly News from 1970 to 1982. Ken Burns recently spoke with “The Wall Street Journal” and says that while he still hasn’t watched The Last Dance, he’s aware that Michael Jordan’s production company, Jump 23, was involved with the film and he has a big problem with the main subject having that much influence on a project, something he says he would “never, never, never, never” agree to on a film he was making. over pictures and video. In some "inning" episodes, a period version of the baseball anthem "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is used. In addition to discussing the game itself, Baseball also looked at the topics of race, labor relations, and how the game impacted American culture as a whole. It was Re-issued on September 28, 2004, with each inning on a separate disc, plus "Extra Innings," a tenth disc consisting of unaired material including the making of Baseball among other features. Burns skips over a lot of significant stuff, even player deaths, in favor of events that truly alter the landscape of baseball. If we're taking about sabermetrics, tanking and the use of tech during games, then the Astros are probably featured as a unifying story the way Barry Bonds was in the 10th inning. ), The deaths of Oscar Tavares and Jose Fernandez, The Start of Instant Replay - (Hey, show the Panik-Crawford-Belt play that was the first Instant Replay in the World Series! March 19, 2020 Ken Burns: Baseball: Inning 3: The Faith of Fifty Million People “Baseball” is Ken Burns’ brilliant television documentary series about the history of America’s “national pastime.” Using the same innovative filmmaking style he pioneered in his earlier documentary “The Civil War,” Burns traces the history of the game of baseball from its beginnings in the 1840s until 1994, when this documentary series was first broadcast. For one, Toni Kukoc doesn’t really seem to be enjoying it. “I find it the opposite direction of where we need to be going. In 2010, PBS premiered “The Tenth Inning,” an additional episode from Burns that covered the period of the strike through 2009, including the steroid scandal that rocked Major League Baseball. The Last Dance has been a huge hit for ESPN. The episodes are interspersed with the music of the times taken from previous Burns series, original played music, or recordings ranging from Louis Armstrong to Elvis Presley. That’s why I tried to do the mix. That's really all that stands out. One would be the "top of the 10th", and the other would be the "bottom of the 10th". Usually these can be found on weekends or during pledge drives. , Original airdate: Wednesday, September 21, 1994. But a guy like Ken Burns is certainly entitled to his opinion, especially when it comes to documentary filmmaking. Seeing as how The Last Dance covers the 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls, it obviously took a long time for the docuseries to hit the airwaves, mainly due to the fact that Michael Jordan refused to let the footage see the light of the day. Michael Jordan finally agreed to let the documentary be made in 2016 but when Jason Hehir came on board to direct, MJ demanded that he be given the final say on any interview that came before him, which everyone saw play out in the episode dealing with Isiah Thomas and the Detroit Pistons walking off the court in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals.