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Baseball 9x55

Ken Burns’ epic documentary miniseries. Like Burns’s previous masterpiece (The Civil War), this film is more than just the history of baseball. It is a reflection of the American experience. Contained in its nine colorful “innings” are the universal struggles of a nation: the clash of labor and management, the search for heroes, the stress on both the individual and the team, immigration and assimilation, the role of women, myth making, the rise of popular culture, advertising, the nature of democracy and most vividly, the quest for racial justice.

Baseball is rich in drama, irresistible as nostalgia and, yes, an instructive window into our national psychology.” — Time Magazine