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Celebrate America's Pastime With Baseball Documentaries

Jackie Robinson

Enjoy 6 documentaries about baseball that remind us why we love the game so much. Stream now on PBS and VPM Passport!

Jackie Robinson
Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball's color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. A fierce integrationist, Robinson used his immense fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw on and off the field, angering fans, the press, and even teammates who had once celebrated him for turning the other cheek.

A Century of Change: Negro League Centennial Celebration
On February 13 and 14, 1920, talks were held in Kansas City, Missouri that established the Negro National League. 100 Years later we are here to preserve the memory and legacy of what was not only an economic staple for the black community but a pride that stood along side historical highlights such as 18th and Vine.

The Mohawk Giant: Schenectady & The Negro Leagues
Follow the history of Negro League baseball in Schenectady and the Capital Region. The Mohawk Giants were an independent professional negro league baseball team supported by mostly white fans, whose players were a mix of young bucks on the way up and older veterans who were on their way down from the Negro Major leagues.

A Baseball Legacy: Fans Remember the St. Louis Browns
Do you remember the St. Louis Browns? Generations of St. Louis, Missouri residents sure do. The Browns played baseball there for 51 years before moving to Baltimore. This documentary is a love letter to the true fans of a forgotten team.

Ted Williams
American Masters has a bonus for VPM Passport members: the story of Ted Williams. Williams was an incredible talent who spent his entire career playing for the Boston Red Sox. His swing is legendary because he worked at it with a fierce dedication to be the best hitter in baseball.

Why do we call baseball "America's Pastime?" Perhaps because the story of baseball mirrors the story of America through the years. Ken Burns takes us back in time to the origins of the game. Learn about baseball in America from 1840 to 1900 in the first episode of the epic series.

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