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 Post subject: Ken Burns/Baseball PBS
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:06 pm 
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Started watching this on Netflix recently. Highly recommended if you haven't seen it. Really fills in a lot of holes RE the history of the game, rules evolution and explains how many of the aspects of the game we take for granted came to be. That's just the first episode....I have about 8 more to go.


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 Post subject: Re: Ken Burns/Baseball PBS
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I assume this is the same documentary I saw many years ago. Brilliant, and enabled a foreigner to get up to speed with the history of the game.
I also loved his one on the American Civil War, narrated by Garrison Keillor.

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 Post subject: Re: Ken Burns/Baseball PBS
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I think I've watched it 3 times. Here's how old it is- I recorded it on VHS when it first aired. I haven't advanced much technologically since. Anyway, it's a great tool to teach 20th century American History to teenage boys, who might not otherwise be interested.


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 Post subject: Re: Ken Burns/Baseball PBS
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He did a followup series a few years ago to update current stuff and the steroid era.

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 Post subject: Re: Ken Burns/Baseball PBS
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Bertie wrote:
I also loved his one on the American Civil War, narrated by Garrison Keillor.

I dunno, this hasn't aged well, for me at least. I made my daughter watch this as part of her pre-AP US history summer, and to be honest, we had to stop watching after 3-4 episodes. Really, really slow. And Burns really pushed, pushed, pushed slavery as the primary cause of the war. It certainly mattered, but not to the degree he advocated.


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 Post subject: Re: Ken Burns/Baseball PBS
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val wrote:
Bertie wrote:
I also loved his one on the American Civil War, narrated by Garrison Keillor.

I dunno, this hasn't aged well, for me at least. I made my daughter watch this as part of her pre-AP US history summer, and to be honest, we had to stop watching after 3-4 episodes. Really, really slow. And Burns really pushed, pushed, pushed slavery as the primary cause of the war. It certainly mattered, but not to the degree he advocated.


I agree. That, and you wonder how many of Shelby Foote's stories are actually true. God rest his soul...


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