Baseball: A New York Love Story on WXXI-TV

Baseball: A New York Love Story on WXXI-TV

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 7:00pm

Bob Costas hosts as New York fans tell stories of baseball through their eyes.

WXXI invites baseball fan to tune in for three episodes of Baseball: A New York Love Story on Sunday, March 13 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). The series is a production of WNET Public Media in New York City, who asked viewers to share their favorite baseball memories. The series producers then interviewed dozens of fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and of the Yankees and Mets who had written or called in. During the broadcast, WXXI-TV viewers can call (585) 454-6300 to enter a drawing for the chance to win a trip to New York City, which includes an overnight stay and tickets for the Yankees/Mets “Subway Series”, courtesy of Bock Tours.

The series, hosted by sportscaster Bob Costas, covers more than 60 years dating from Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947 through the Yankees 27th world championship in 2009. The film includes stories, sometimes humorous, sometimes bittersweet, about the game’s impact on New Yorkers throughout the years.

Unlike other broadcasts, which tell the story team-by-team or era-by-era, Baseball: A New York Love Story takes a thematic approach to the games and the fans’ recollections. For instance, the series will begin with an episode called, “Brushes with History,” and will include stories from fans who wandered into or somehow became part of New York baseball history. Another episode titled “Learning to Love, Loving to Hate,” explores the joy fans, fathers and sons and brothers and sisters all take rooting against one another. Notables interviewed include: Joan Hodges (widow of Gil Hodges) and Gil Hodges, Jr., radio personality Mike Francesa, writer Roger Kahn, former Dodger Joe Pignatano, and award-winning actor Peter Riegert.

The show’s producers were assisted by students attending the Macaulay Honors College program at the City University of New York (CUNY).