Ken Burns : Baseball

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I was watching some documentaries on nexflix and I came across "Ken Burns : Baseball" and though, hey a nice little documentary about baseball....

I clicked it and saw it was about two hours long and thought it would be kinda neat....

If only I knew that 2 hours is just the first of the 11 part fucking series...

Holy shit is this thing long as fuck.

I haven't decided if I like it or not yet. It will go in a direction and it seems like as soon as I am intrigued they just veer off onto something else.

Also, I have realized that I really don't give a fuck about the negro leagues.


I blame whoever it was that mentioned "beer wars" because that is why I was in the documentary section again...
 

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I watched the first couple of episodes and was fascinated by the really early days of the sport. Like how Harvard objected to the curveball because it was "unsportsmanlike" to deceive the batter.
 

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I watched the first couple of episodes and was fascinated by the really early days of the sport. Like how Harvard objected to the curveball because it was "unsportsmanlike" to deceive the batter.
Yeah, It seems like he went with the "timeline" thing, but I probably would have prefered more focus on less material...

I'm weird maybe
 

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My grandparents watched the whole thing, and the only thing they didn't like about it was the excessive focus on the negro leagues. They told me it just got way too much screen time compared to the scope of material Burns tries to cover. He's a big lefty, though, so I'm not particularly surprised.
 

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Ken Burns could not tell the story of Blockbuster video stores in two hours. What makes you think he could do it with our national pass time.
 

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My grandparents watched the whole thing, and the only thing they didn't like about it was the excessive focus on the negro leagues. They told me it just got way too much screen time compared to the scope of material Burns tries to cover. He's a big lefty, though, so I'm not particularly surprised.
It's Ken Burns. All of American history is centered on the young people.
 

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I loved this documentary. Sadly I wasted $100 on it 8 years ago when it came on DVD. I've watched it a few times, but now that it's on Netflix I'm pissed.

It is quite long, but the wealth of information they have and the countless stories, pictures and footage they show is amazing.
 

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Honestly, while he mentions it a lot I have noticed that for each 2 hour episode he really only spends a total of about 10-15 minutes on the negro leagues.

It's just that he peppers it in quickly after each segment.

Then again, I'm only a quarter of the way through the fifth inning.
 

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I watched the first couple of episodes and was fascinated by the really early days of the sport. Like how Harvard objected to the curveball because it was "unsportsmanlike" to deceive the batter.
I just picture a bunch of stuffy shirt white guys saying "rumph, rumph" and "why gentlemen the curveball has no place in civilized society".

My grandparents watched the whole thing, and the only thing they didn't like about it was the excessive focus on the negro leagues. They told me it just got way too much screen time compared to the scope of material Burns tries to cover. He's a big lefty, though, so I'm not particularly surprised.
In defense of Burns, I think his documentary was the first to go into detail about the Negro Leagues.
 

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I just picture a bunch of stuffy shirt white guys saying "rumph, rumph" and "why gentlemen the curveball has no place in civilized society".
That's pretty much spot on.

In defense of Burns, I think his documentary was the first to go into detail about the Negro Leagues.
Good point.
 

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One of my favorite things from the series was listening to Buck O'Neill tell stories.
 

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You can't tell the story of baseball without the Negro League. And no, you can't just gloss over it. It wasn't just a footnote. It was a whole segment of society that was excluded from the mainstream baseball world, yet they were playing the same exact game with the same exact rules and had players who could measure up with any white player.

Baseball in America is the Negro League just as it is the American and National Leagues. You can't tell the story of one without the others.
 

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This is 2012 and you didn't know that Ken Burns does very long multi-part documentaries?
 

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I've enjoyed previous documentaries from him, so I might check this out, when is it on?
 

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I've enjoyed previous documentaries from him, so I might check this out, when is it on?
Yeah, I think it is like 10-15 years old, it is on netflix.

I'm on like the 5th psrt, but I am going back and forth between it and Oz (which I had never watched before)