Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Everyone knows that America’s favorite pastime is baseball, and it’s lost little of its popularity over the years. In 1994, at the height of the history-making players’ strike, PBS released Baseball, a nine-part documentary mini-series that became the most-watched program in PBS history, with 43 million people tuning in.

Now The Tenth Inning picks up where Baseball left off. In it, directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discuss the developments that have transformed the game over the past sixteen years, from the aftermath of the strike to the increase in Latino and Asian baseball players — who have made the game accessible and interesting to a worldwide audience — to how baseball helped this country return to a sense of normalcy after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The two-part, four-hour doc will air September 28 and 29 on PBS, but you can catch a sneak peek today. After watching the Rockies play, Burns will be at the King Center on the Auraria campus from 6 to 8 p.m. to screen 45 minutes of The Tenth Inning. The event is free, but you must RSVP to www.rmpbs.org.
Wed., Aug. 25, 6 p.m., 2010

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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