Baseball Video - Biographies
Jackie Robinson (DVD)
This PBS documentary examines the life and times of Jackie Robinson, who in 1947 lifted an entire race and nation on his shoulders when he crossed baseball’s color line. The film follows Robinson and his family from rural Georgia and a hardscrabble life of sharecropping to California where he lettered in four sports at UCLA and met Rachel Isum—a nursing student and his future wife. After baseball he was a widely read newspaper columnist, political activist and tireless advocate for civil rights, who later struggled to remain relevant as diabetes crippled his body. Featuring intimate and revealing interviews with his family and rarely seen photographs and film footage, this two-part documentary tells the extraordinary story of an American icon whose lifelong battle for first class citizenship for all African Americans transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements. Produced by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon. Approx. 240 mins. on 2 discs.
|#3129 DVD $24.95 |
|#3130 Blu-Ray $29.95
Lou Gehrig (DVD)
Five films on the New York Yankees’ great first baseman. Each of the films is shown in its entirety so some scenes are repeated with different narration, especially those of Lou Gehrig Day at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939.
• Almanac Newsreel—
Gehrig batting and fielding, with manager McCarthy, Lou Gehrig Day, locker and plaque in Baseball Hall of Fame.
• King of Diamonds —
Gehrig in high school, attending Columbia, spring training with the Yankees, marriage to Eleanor, Lou Gehrig Day.
• Lou Gehrig’s Farewell—
1937 All-Star Game homer off Dizzy Dean, Lou Gehrig Day, emotional tribute by first baseman Babe Dahlgren.
• Lou Gehrig’s Greatest Day—
Screenplay by CBS of Lou Gehrig Day hosted by Walter Cronkite. 26-minute film with actors playing the characters of 1939. Five minutes of vintage footage.
• Lou Gehrig: In a League by Himself— Pictures and scenes of Gehrig’s birthplace, shots of high school and college, at home with Eleanor, playing in Yankee Stadium and the clubhouse celebration after the 1937 World Series. Hosted by Hugh Downs.
One hour, 14 mins. B&W and color.
|#3069 $34.95 |
Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron and Lou Gehrig helped turn the game of baseball into the national pastime that it is today. Through the use of rare and enhanced archival material and state of the art production techniques this four-film collection presents the stories of these American icons. Approx. 227 minutes. Bonus features.
|#3051 $24.95 |
American Hercules: Babe Ruth
An incorrigible boy transforms into a global hero wielding a powerful home run swing and a big smile. Through the use of rare and enhanced archival material, coupled with fresh historical and psychological perspectives on the Ruth legend, the filmmakers present a compelling case for Babe's deep impact and relevance in modern times. This film aims to understand and celebrate one of the most fascinating and entertaining American lives ever lived. Bonus features.
|#2990 $19.95 |
Babe Ruth: The Life Behind the Legend
This 59-minute video explores the extraordinary life and times of George Herman "Babe" Ruth, the man who changed the face of baseball. Considered by many to be the greatest baseball player who ever lived, Ruth swatted 714 home runs in his career and was the first player to hit 60 in a season. Ruth was generous and wild, loving of children, charity and the game. He was a legend in his own time, and a legend for all time.
|#1230 $19.95 |
Billy Martin: The Man. The Myth. The Manager
One of the greatest managers in baseball history, Billy Martin won five division titles, two pennants and one World Series championship. Beginning his career at second base for the Yankees, he was eventually named the team's manager...five different times. Celebrated for his daring tactics, Martin was also the victim of his own fiery temperament. Includes classic film clips and a candid interview shortly before his untimely death.
|#1735 $19.95 |
The untold story behind "The Shot Heard 'Round the World." On October 3, 1951, Ralph Branca became a legendary figure in baseball history when the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher gave up the pennant-winning homer to the New York Giants' Bobby Thomson. A one-time 21-game winner, Branca was jeered by once adoring fans, and his career never recovered. The documentary features archival materials including many of Branca's own films and photos such as a recently discovered color film of the 1947 Dodgers at Ebbets Field.
Color and B&W. 87 mins.
|#2817 $19.95 |
At 17, Bryce Harper was selected as the first pick in the baseball draft by the Washington Nationals. At age 19, Harper lived up to the hype and won the NL Rookie of the Year Award by putting together one of the greatest seasons by a teenager in baseball history. This documentary follows Harper throughout his historic journey, with behind-the-scenes access to his family and rare footage from the years leading up to his major league debut. The film also features interviews with his father Ron, Nationals front office staff and players, Cal Ripken Jr. and others. Bonus features.
Color. 45 mins.
|#2818 $ |14.95
Sale Price: $7.48
Derek Jeter's 3,000th Hit (July 9, 2011)
On a picture-perfect afternoon in Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter carved his name into the record books. With his usual flair for the dramatic, Jeter stroked hit number 3,000 with a solo home run to ignite a wondrous celebration. Jeter had five hits in five at bats, the last producing the game-winning run. Complete game television broadcast. Special feature allows fans to watch the TV broadcast while listening to the radio play-by-play.
Color. 3 hours.
|#2422 $ |19.95
Sale Price: $9.95
20-year-old Fernando Valenzuela was one of the most captivating pitching phenoms baseball has ever seen. Virtually overnight, he became a hero to millions of Latinos, proving with his signature look to the heavens and killer screwball that the American dream was not reserved for those born on U.S. soil. In this ESPN film, director Cruz Angeles relives Valenzuela's impact on the Los Angeles Mexican community, the Dodgers and baseball. Includes English and Spanish versions.
Color. 51 mins.
|#2399 $ |14.95
Sale Price: $7.48
Gil Hodges: The Quiet Man
As the first baseman for the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950s and the manager of the 1969 New York Mets, Gil Hodges made baseball history. This 50-minute film tells the story of his life from childhood to his glory days in baseball to his tragic death at age 47. Appearances by Tom Seaver, Ralph Kiner, Tug McGraw, Jerry Koosman, Bud Harrelson, Carl Erskine, Duke Snider and others.
|#2617 $12.95 |
Mickey Mantle: In His Own Words
A 70-minute documentary on the career of "The Mick", one of the most legendary heroes in baseball history. Appearances by Mantle, Yogi Berra, John Blanchard, Hank Bauer, Carl Erskine, Phil Linz and others.
|#2615 $12.95 |
Mickey Mantle: The Lost Stories
For the first time, Mickey Mantle's complete story is available on DVD. Told by the Mick himself, this two-hour Mantle collection includes both award-winning programs, "Mickey Mantle: The American Dream Comes to Life" plus the bonus hour "The Lost Stories" which includes over 20 stories chosen by Mantle before his death. The most comprehensive collection of game footage and photos ever assembled. DVD bonus includes Mantle quiz, Mantle quotes, career home run list and more.
|#177 $29.95 |
Richie Ashburn: A Baseball Life
Richie Ashburn is arguably the most beloved figure in the long and storied history of Philadelphia sports. Ashburn thrilled fans for over a decade with his exploits on the baseball diamond, then spent the rest of his career entertaining generations of Phillies fans from the broadcast booth. This 2-DVD set chronicles an amazing journey that takes us from Ashburn's humble beginnings in Nebraska to his enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Main program: 95 mins. Bonus footage: Approx. 3 hours.
|#1766 $24.95 |
This American Experience film tells the story of an exceptional baseball player and committed humanitarian, who challenged racial discrimination to become baseball's first Latino superstar. The film features interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning authors David Maraniss and George Will, Clemente's wife Vera, Orlando Cepeda and former teammates, to present an intimate and revealing portrait of a man whose passion and grace made him a legend.
|#1780 $24.95 |
This Old Cub (Special Edition)
This Special Edition of the critically acclaimed "This Old Cub" video completes the inspiring story of Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo, capturing the final chapter in Ron's life. It includes the send-off from the Cubs and the city of Chicago, his statue outside Wrigley Field and finally the call to the Hall of Fame. Santo reflects on his baseball career, his thoughts on the Hall of Fame, and his fight to find a cure for diabetes.
|#2637 $ |19.95
Sale Price: $9.95
Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio?
A documentary on "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio, who first wore Yankee pinstripes in 1936 at the age of 21, beginning a baseball career that was the stuff of legend--a 56-game hitting streak, nine World Series championships, three MVP awards. DiMaggio, who was born into an Italian-American family in San Francisco, married twice, the second time to Marilyn Monroe. 63 mins.
|#620 $24.95 |
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