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4.0 out of 5 stars Take Me Out To The Ballgame......Away From NY Please :), September 27, 2011
This review is from: Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns (Includes The Tenth Inning) (DVD)
I want to say that this a very good documentary. The way it is divided into innings to tell baseball's history is really clever. Some of the pictures and videos contained within are simply remarkable. You will often find yourself saying where did he come up with these pictures and videos. You almost wish you were there re-living the events. I particularly loved the story of the Negro leagues and the struggles that African Americans went through to make it in the big leagues. Certain sections of the story really make you want to cry, and yet others really make you laugh too. You will learn a whole new perspective of baseball's history here. My only complaint with this documentary is not what Ken Burns focuses on here, but what he DOESN'T focus on. Granted, New York is probably the biggest baseball market in the country, and you can't give an accurate account of baseball without discussing New York, but there is a lot of rich baseball history outside of "The Big Apple" and the New England area. Yes, you have to tell the Babe Ruth story, but do you have to go in depth about Fred Merkle and Fred Snodgrass and "The Daffiness Boys"??? Why not tell the story of Gaby Harnett's famous Homerun In The Darkness at Wrigley Field that won the pennant for The Cubs instead??? Why not tell the story of Pittsburgh's Big Poison and Little Poison??? So many of baseball's greats got little more than a brief mention here. Stan "The Man" Musial wasn't even mentioned until the 8th inning as I recall. Detroit's Al Kaline who had a 20-year career in the big leagues didn't even get a mention, nor did Lou Brock, nor did one of the greatest hitters of all-time, Minnesota's Rod Carew. Why not cover other important issues too...why did he not go into the fight about keeping the lights out of Wrigley Field??? The Wrigley residents took their fight all the way to the State Supreme Court as I recall before the Tribune Company finally won the right to install lights. But instead he goes in depth about the early days of the New York Mets....who cares??? Granted, he needed to talk about Casey Stengel's managerial days with The Yankees, but did he need to talk about his days with the Mets??? But the bottom line here...if you are a baseball fan as I am, you will love this documentary, but you may be fed up with the obvious New York approach to it all.
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