Baseball: A New York Love Story

THIRTEEN Premieres Baseball: A New York Love Story September 26 at 10:30 P.M. on THIRTEEN and September 27 at Midnight on WLIW21, hosted by Sportscaster Bob Costas.

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Multi-Part Series Provides a Local New York Perspective To Coincide With Ken Burns’ The Tenth Inning.

WNET.ORG will broadcast a multi-part series, Baseball: A New York Love Story beginning Sunday, September 26 at 10:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN, and on WLIW21 on Monday, September 27 at midnight. The series will be hosted by sportscaster Bob Costas.

Baseball: A New York Love Storyis a production of Creative News Group (CNG) for WNET.ORG, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers.

This summer, WNET.ORG asked viewers to share their favorite baseball memories. The series producers then interviewed dozens of fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and of the Yankees and Mets who had written or called in. The broadcast, commissioned to run alongside Ken Burns’s The Tenth Inning, will cover more than 60 years dating from Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947 through the Yankees 27th world championship in 2009. The film includes stories, sometimes humorous, sometimes bittersweet, about the game’s impact on New Yorkers throughout the years.

Unlike other broadcasts, which tell the story team-by-team or era-by-era, Baseball: A New York Love Story takes a thematic approach to the games and the fans’ recollections. For instance, the series will begin with an episode called, “Brushes with History,” and will include stories from fans who wandered into or somehow became part of New York baseball history. Another episode titled “Learning to Love, Loving to Hate,” explores the joy fans, fathers and sons and brothers and sisters all take rooting against one another. Notables interviewed include: Joan Hodges (widow of Gil Hodges) and Gil Hodges, Jr., radio personality Mike Francesa, writer Roger Kahn, former Dodger Joe Pignatano, and award-winning actor Peter Riegert.

The show’s producers were assisted by students attending the Macaulay Honors College program at the City University of New York (CUNY).

Producers are Marc Rosenwasser and Ivette Feliciano. Director of Photography is Daniel Cowen. Editor is Elyse Kaftan. Associate Producers are Daniel Allen and Dorothy Pacella. Researchers are Ian Bloomfield and Lori Rothenbucher. Production Assistants are Christine Berrios, Sam Hasty, Irene O’Hare and Brian Taylor. Graphic Designer is David Chomowicz. Production Managers are Jerry Godfrey and Jennifer Rowe.

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