A documentary by Ken Burns.
Reviewed by S. Derby Gisclair
On the heels of his highly praised PBS-TV series The Civil War, documentary director/producer/writer Ken Burns gave us Baseball, an incredible chronicle of the history of America 's pastime from the mid-19th century through the end of the 20th. Using a vast array of fascinating still photographs and priceless archival film, capturing many of the game's most historic moments, Burns created an entertaining, riveting film, encompassing not only a history of the National Pastime, but of America itself. Burns weaves his images with masterful narration throughout by the late John Chancellor; renowned fans such as Billy Crystal and Bob Costas; and an assortment of other voices such as Julie Harris, Ossie Davis, and Arthur Miller. Haunting renditions of the National Anthem and Take Me Out to the Ballgame sustain a mood that's both wistful and stirring. Baseball history comes alive in this 10-tape (VHS) or 10-disk (DVD) set. Yes, it's expensive, but it's worth every penny you spend for it and every minute you spend watching it.