Watch Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns Online

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

Where to Watch Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

The Tenth Inning - Bottom of the Tenth
As the new millenium dawns, baseball on the field is better than ever before. In an era of offense, Pedro Martinez and a handful of other pitchers still manage to dominate.

Watch Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns Season 1 Episode 11 Now

The Tenth Inning - Top of the Tenth
In an age of globalization and deregulation, a cataclysmic strike over money and power brings baseball to the brink, dazzlingly talented Latin players transform the sport, Cal Ripken, Jr. becomes baseball's new Iron Man, and Ken Griffey, Jr.

Watch Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns Season 1 Episode 10 Now

America and the world are seeing more changes then at any time in history. And so is baseball. Free agency, multi-million dollar salaries, designated hitters, a new all-time home run champion, a Canadian world champion. And yet, today, we can still look at the game and see something not much different than what our fathers and grandfathers saw.

Watch Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns Season 1 Episode 9 Now

A Whole New Ball Game
The 1960s are a turbulent decade for America. There are race riots, anti-war protests, hippies, Woodstock.

Watch Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns Season 1 Episode 8 Now

The Capitol of Baseball
Americans are on the move. Moving to the suburbs. Moving across the country. They are, it seems, restless. Of course, if you're a baseball fan in New York, you don't want to move. You're in baseball heaven. Year after year, the Yankees are on top of the American League. Year after year, the Giants and Dodgers fight for the National league crown. Starting in 1949, there is a New York team in the World Series for 10 straight years. And in six of those years, both teams are from New York.

Watch Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns Season 1 Episode 7 Now

The National Pastime
In Europe, in the Pacific, on the homefront, both African-Americans and whites fight to make the world safe for democracy. When the world ends, Major League Baseball becomes, in fact, what it has always claimed to be: the national pastime.

Watch Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns Season 1 Episode 6 Now

Shadow Ball
Throughout America, and even on the baseball diamonds in New York's Central Park, thousands of homeless people build shantytowns called "Hoovervilles." More than ever, America needs heroes.

Watch Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns Season 1 Episode 5 Now

A National Heirloom
The 1920s begin with America trying to recover from World War I and baseball trying to recover from the scandal of the 1919 World Series. America finds relief in the boom market and the Jazz Age.

Watch Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns Season 1 Episode 4 Now

The Faith of 5 Million People
Before and after World War I, a steady stream of immigrants lands on the shores of America. They want instantly to become American.

Watch Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns Season 1 Episode 3 Now

Something Like a War
In 1894, a sportwriter named Byron Bancroft "Ban" Johnson takes over a struggling minor league - the Western League - and turns it into a financial success. In 1900, he changes its name to the American League and begins talking about challenging the big city monopoly held by the National League.

Watch Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns Season 1 Episode 2 Now

Our Game
In New York City, in the 1840s, people need a diversion from the "railroad pace" at which they work and live. They find it in a game of questionable origins.

Watch Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns Season 1 Episode 1 Now

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns is a truly definitive anthology of one of America's most endearing, enduring, and central pastimes. The documentary series, spanning from 1994 to 2010 and aired on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), is a comprehensive, meticulously researched, and beautifully narrated look at the history of baseball. Ken Burns, a renowned American documentary filmmaker, combines historical footage with engaging interviews to chronicle the story of baseball. Known for his extraordinary attention to detail, Burns covers the sport's origin, its winded development, its noteworthy figures, and the many societal shifts that influenced and were influenced by baseball. The show is divided into nine parts, aptly titled 'Innings,' a metaphor for the stages of history within the era of baseball. Each inning represents a time frame in baseball history, starting from the late 18th century right up until the 21st century, meticulously profiling key events, evolution, and iconic moments that have shaped the sport. From the sport's humble beginnings in the 1840s, through its Golden Age, the Great Depression, two World Wars, the Civil Rights movements, and into the contemporary era, Burns showcases how baseball has transcended beyond the ballpark, capturing the changing social and political dynamics of the nation. The documentary represents the essence of baseball, capturing the rhythm, the excitement, the heartbreaks, the triumphs, and the scandals that incurred within and outside the baseball diamond. Burns’s storytelling prowess comes to the fore as he goes beyond the players, the stats, and the games. He touches on the impacts of race, gender, commerce and labor relations on the sport. He examines baseball's heroes and villains, the dramatic games that made them, and the cultural context that shaped them. It's a testament to Burns' storytelling skill that the series works not just as sports history, but also as a reflection of American history. The sound and image quality of this production were second to none, and the commentary is both educated and informative. The show takes advantage of Burns' signature style: panning and zooming over still photographs, mixed with period music and narrative voice overs. The result is a masterful blending of visuals, words, sounds, and voices that continually captivate viewers. The documentary consistently combines great storytelling with an outstanding chronicle of the sport's history. Notable figures within the world of baseball, along with a wealth of historians, enthusiasts, and culture experts provide commentary throughout the series. The 'talking heads' as Burns refers to them, effectively relay the historical, social, and personal narratives that drive this documentary. Moreover, Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns does not shy away from exposing the sport's imperfections. It covers the difficult chapters of baseball history, like the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, the color line omission of black players until Jackie Robinson’s barrier breaking in 1947, labor strife leading to game cancellations and even the steroid controversies marred modern era. This makes the series a raw, unbiased depiction of baseball's journey in America. In 2010, Burns released a '10th Inning', a two-part follow-up segment that covers the period from the 1990s through the 2000s. This section highlights some of the most significant milestones, players of the period and controversies, effectively extending and updating the series to accommodate modern baseball history. Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns is an exhaustive, mesmerizing journey through America's pastime. Its beauty lies in its breadth of content, unflinching look at baseball's highs and lows, and the dignified way in which Burns brings centuries to life. It is not just a story about a sport, but a story about America told through the prism of its beloved game. As such, it transcends its subject matter to offer crucial insights into the grit, struggle, and resilience that lie at the heart of the American Dream. Whether you are a die-hard baseball aficionada, a casual fan, or an outsider to the sport, this series will have something for everyone.

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns is a series categorized as a canceled/ended. Spanning 1 seasons with a total of 11 episodes, the show debuted on 1994. The series has earned a outstanding reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 9.2.

Daniel Okrent, George F. Will, John Chancellor
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns is available on .