FSN is pleased to announce the newest series produced under the FSN Original Programming banner: On Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 8 p.m. local, FSN debuts BASEBALL'S GOLDEN AGE, a series that uses rare and never-before-seen videos, mostly in color, to chronicle the national pastime from the 1920s-1960s.
This is a show about the great players and teams of yesteryear. It's a show that looks back at a time in America when fathers and grandfathers passed down tales of their ball-playing heroes to wide-eyed sons and grandsons. Men whose legends were so large that the mere mention of their namesâ€”Ruth, Cobb, Williams, Mays, Aaronâ€”invoked stories of incomparable feats and unparalleled abilities, always beginning with, "I remember when ..."
Now older generations can relive their memories and younger generations can see just how special the players of yesterday were. Each 30-minute show is an elegant, gritty compilation of footage culled from hundreds of hours of film shot by the fans, the players' families and most importantly, the players themselves.
Over the 13 episodes, BASEBALL'S GOLDEN AGE touches on the famous St. Louis Gashouse Gang, Joe DiMaggio vs. Ted Williams, Babe Ruth and dozens of other players who are still discussed today as the best to have ever played the game, Jackie Robinson and his enormous impact, baseball's Latin explosion, big bats and golden arms, the All-Star game and World Series, the war years, barnstorming tours, western expansion, the voices that resonated within the game and the economics that sculpted it, the classic stadiums that become national cathedrals and the connection that fans felt with the players.
Among the hundreds of people interviewed include: Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Ernie Banks, Al Kaline, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson and Bob Feller; all-stars Steve Garvey, Luis Tiant, Ralph Branca, Johnny Pesky, Bob Friend, Dick Groat, Jim O'Toole, Billy Pierce, and Tommy Davis; great managers Tommy Lasorda, Whitey Herzog, Red Shoendienst, Joe Torre, and Chuck Tanner; announcers who are identified with their respective teams almost as much as the players are, legends Marty Brennaman from Cincinnati, Detroit's Ernie Harwell, San Diego's Jerry Coleman; plus such respected voices as Joe Buck, Bob Costas, Bud Collins, Tom Brokaw and Larry King, noted baseball authors Leigh Montville, Roger Kahn, John Thorn, Robert Creamer, Donald Honig, David Pietrusza, Nick Acocella, Curt Smith, and Morris Eckhouse; sportswriters Maury Allen and Arnold Hano, former Commissioner Fay Vincent; and highly-regarded baseball fans such as former presidential candidate and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and attorney Alan Dershowitz.
A new episode of BASEBALL'S GOLDEN AGE airs every Sunday night at 8 p.m. local throughout July, August and September on FSN-owned or affiliated regional sports networks, such as MSG.