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Hot one out of the park in July with Baseball

Hit One Out of the Park in July with Baseball on WTVP

It’s summertime, and that means baseball. Except not this year. As the possibility of any kind of season quickly fades, WTVP offers up four shows in July to help fans soothe their baseball withdrawal pains.

Babe Ruth at Sing Sing - Sunday, July 12, 7 p.m.

On September 5, 1929, the New York Yankees, led by their star player, Babe Ruth, played an exhibition game against the inmate baseball team at Sing Sing prison. This new documentary examines the backstory of that historic match. It explores the social history of the era by weaving back and forth between the careers of Babe Ruth, the major sports figure of his time, and Lewis Lawes, warden of Sing Sing, who was considered “America’s Warden.”

Babe Ruth at Sing Sing | Trailer

1955, Seven Days of Fall - Sunday, July 19, 7 p.m.

A documentary inspired by James T. Crawford’s poem 1955 recounts the Brooklyn Dodgers’ only world series championship after 65 years of futility and explores the team’s unique connection to its community.

1955, Seven Days of Fall | Trailer

There Will Be Baseball - Sunday, July 26, 7 p.m.

In 1916, six businesses from Peoria created a baseball league for their employees. It became the longest running amateur baseball league in America. Over the years, it has inspired multitudes of young baseball fans, drawn crowds of all ages, and produced 46 professional baseball players. There Will Be Baseball highlights this historic league, the sponsors and fans who support it, and the players who come back each year to play the game they love.

There Will Be Baseball | Trailer

Ken Burns Baseball - Stream free on or the PBS Video App

The story of baseball is the story of America. It is an epic overflowing with heroes and hopefuls, scoundrels and screwballs. It is a saga spanning the quest for racial justice, the clash of labor and management, the transformation of popular culture, and the unfolding of the national pastime.

BASEBALL Streaming on WTVP | PBS | Free

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