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Ken Burns Heads Back to the Ballpark With 'The Tenth Inning'

by Mike Moody, posted May 12th 2010 11:30AM
Ken Burns baseball tenth inning pbsKen Burns is returning to home plate with a follow-up to his 1994 documentary 'Baseball.' The filmmaker's new project about "America's favorite pastime," 'The Tenth Inning,' premieres Sept. 28 on PBS.

According to USA Today, the two-part film picks up where 'Baseball' left off to examine the last 16 years of the sport, including the 1994 player strike and the rise of performance-enhancing drugs.

But this 'Inning' won't be a total downer. Burns said the film was strongly inspired by a desire to celebrate his beloved Boston Red Sox's 2004 World Series win.

Much like 'Baseball,' 'The Tenth Inning' will balance stories about the sport's darker days with a look at its resilience and enduring fan appeal.

Burns was unable to coax major league players tied to steroid allegations to appear on camera. Instead, the doc will feature talking heads like Dominican Red Sox star Pedro Martinez, obsessive fan Doris Kearns Goodwin and sports reporter Bob Costas.

'Baseball' lured 45 million viewers during its initial run on PBS in 1994, making it the most-watched program in the history of Public Television. PBS hopes the four-hour 'Tenth Inning,' airing over two nights, will make it two-for-two.

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There are no words that express the excitement that I feel towards the latest installment of Ken Burns' latest chapter of "Baseball: The Tenth Inning."

Two of my favorite things in life are baseball and the profession of journalism (my profession), this incorporates both of them.

Not only will the documentary cover the newest chapter of baseball history, but it also cover the greatest moment of my life -- the White Sox winning the 2005 World Series (with the Braves coming a close second). But more importantly, it will expose the cheaters and liers for what they are -- frauds.

I also expect to look lorward to the rejuvination of baseball's major and minor leage parks to be mentioned in the next chapter of Ken Burns' famed documentary, of which he recently spoke at my college, and hope it is as good as the original documentary.

May 13 2010 at 12:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love baseball, and I loved the Ken Burns Baseball documentary, I do hope it will show warts and all, but I hope it will be fair. I'm on my way to a game right now!!!

May 12 2010 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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