Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s new film brings landmark 1994 “Baseball” series to present.
Mini Series Explores the Rise of Latino and Asian Players, the Impact of Performance-Enhancing Drugs, the New Chapter of the Yankee Dynasty, the Historic Victory of the Boston Red Sox
September 15th, 2010
Thousands of bats, three home run records and one “curse” have been broken since Ken Burns last explored the history of America’s national pastime with his landmark 1994 PBS series BASEBALL. Now Burns and co-director Lynn Novick bring the series to the present with
THE TENTH INNING.
The new series, written and produced by David McMahon, Novick,
and Burns, premieres
Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 7-9:00 p.m.
and Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 7-9:30 p.m.
The programs will be encored immediately following their
premieres each evening.
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, inter-league 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.
highlights, stunning still photographs, popular music of the
period, and insightful commentary by players, managers, experts
and fans, THE TENTH INNING
interweaves the story of the national pastime with the story of
America— 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.