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Baseball: The Tenth Inning

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

 

Wednesday,  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.

 

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, co-directors of THE TENTH INNINGThe 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.

 

Baseball: The Tenth InningCombining extraordinary 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.

 

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Contact: Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Promotion Director, (309) 495-0594 or stacey.tomczyk@wtvp.org

 

 


 

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