"Now Batting for Pedro Borbon, Manny Mota..Mota...Mota" And Other Announcements, II
Alex Belth over at Bronx Banter has an interview Ken Burns, with the man behind the Baseball documentary as well as The Civil War, Jazz, Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson, and The Statue of Liberty, most of which I have recorded over the years. Alex has part one loaded here.
Baseball was attacked by many in the baseball cognoscenti for minor inaccuracies, for belaboring the segregation issue, for ignoring modern (post-'60s) players aside from Curt Flood, and for being too New York-centric (or for too much Mario Cuomo). However, there really is nothing that can touch it as far as presenting the sweeping scope of the entire history of baseball on film. The Harold Seymour Baseball and David Voight American Baseball books blow it away, but what Burns conveys with photos paired with historic quotes is unique. Heck, those old Sports Legends videos couldn't shake a stick at Burns.
Unfortunately, Alex did not ask the one question that has always perplexed me: Was Burns the kid with the magical flute on H.R. Puffenstuff? The world may never know.