Baseball "The Capital of Baseball" on WXXI-TV

Baseball "The Capital of Baseball" on WXXI-TV

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Jackie Robinson slides home

The seventh inning of Ken Burns' documentary features New York City baseball in the 1950's.

The heyday of New York City baseball; the “shot heard round the world”; Don Larsen’s perfect game; the Brooklyn Dodgers’ first World Series win and move to L.A. Part 7 of 9, "The Capital of Baseball" encores Wednesday, July 14 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

In the seventh “inning” of Ken Burns’s landmark 1994 film BASEBALL, rare newsreel film and interviews celebrate the glorious heyday of New York City baseball with some of its most memorable moments: the “shot heard round the world,” Bobby Thomson’s home run off Ralph Branca in 1951; Willie Mays’ incredible catch in the 1954 World Series; and Don Larsen’s perfect game. The highlight of the episode is 1955, when the Brooklyn Dodgers, sparked by Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, finally win their first World Series, only to be moved by their owner to a new city 3,000 miles away: Los Angeles.

In summer 2010, PBS will re-broadcast three episodes of Ken Burns’s landmark 1994 series BASEBALL. Join Burns for the classic baseball stories from the Great Depression through the 1950s, from Joe DiMaggio and Satchel Paige to Ted Williams and Jackie Robinson, to Willie Mays and Don Larsen. These three episodes lead up to the September 2010 premiere of Burns and co-director Lynn Novick’s THE TENTH INNING, a new two-part, four-hour documentary series that takes BASEBALL from the 1990s to the present and explores the sport’s new Golden Age — an era of unprecedented home-run totals, popularity and prosperity — as well as some of baseball’s darkest hours — the steroid era.

This program is offered with Descriptive Video (DVi), which provides concise descriptions of the sets, scenery, costumes, action, and other important visual elements between the dialogue of the program.