Saturday, January 15, 2011

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

How I've never seen this before is beyond me. I considered myself a Baseball enthusiast, but up to now I didn't know squat about the true history of the game. If you've ever seen a Ken Burns documentary, then you know the feeling you get when watching. Even the first episode of the riveting documentary chronicling the history of the game made me feel like an expert. I'm not an expert...but Ken made me feel like one.

A couple of interesting points that I was unaware of (yes, I took notes):

- On the first baseball team (Cincinnati Red Stockings) the players made $1400/ yr. That was 7 times the average american salary. Right now the MLB minimum salary is 9 times the average.
- The first real organized baseball game between two professional teams was June 19, 1841 between the New York Knickerbockers and the New York Atlantics. This was 141 years, to the day, before I was born.
- "King" Kelly may be my favorite baseball player of the 19th century. He was the archetype for the next 100 years of baseball player bravado.
- My favorite new quote about baseball, "In baseball, the best man is he who plays best." - Fleet Walker.

I'll keep you updated on my experience over the next 9 discs.


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