The Ken Burns documentary The Tenth Inning premieres tonight on PBS. The Tenth Inning is the sequel to Baseball, a 1994 documentary and landmark series that presented the history of baseball in a very impressive format. The Tenth Inning will present everything that has taken place since Baseball was released. It was directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The Tenth Inning is itself a two-part, four-hour documentary, and the premiere of Part 1 will be at 8 p.m. PST/EST on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Part 2 will follow at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29.
Baseball was widely considered to be the best documentary ever made on the game of baseball, and it presented a story that arched from when the game was created all the way up to the 1992 World Series. The nine-part series covered everything from the birth of the game to the gambling scandals of the early 1900’s, and of course Jackie Robinson breaking through the color barrier. Baseball itself has always been a storied game, and Ken Burns brought a new level of respect to it all with his documentary. When Baseball came out in 1994, though, it became apparent to both Burns and Novick that there were going to be more stories to tell.
Anyone who has been paying even slight attention to baseball over the past 15 years knows many of the storylines that they are going to be covering in The Tenth Inning. It begins, of course, with the baseball strike of 1994, the cancelation of the World Series, and how that led into the steroid era of baseball. The resurrection of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox also happened in these past 15 years, and the rise of Hispanic and Japanese players in the game took place. For baseball fans all over the world, this will be an unbiased look at the game that presents stories through the voices of players and experts, and reveals even more about America’s Pastime.
This new documentary has Emmy Award written all over it, and, just from the clips that Burns has taken with him on talk shows these past few weeks, this is looking like it will be a great addition to his documentaries. It’s not very often that you see a sequel come out to a documentary, but the game of baseball has evolved and changed so much in these past 15 years that it is quite obvious the story was also changing. The documentary will air on PBS over the next two nights, and there are sure to be quite a few times when it is re-shown. Make sure to set those DVRs or mark your schedule so that you don’t miss what should be the best documentary involving the game of baseball in the past 15 years.