Baseball: The Tenth Inning

Combining highlights, stunning still photographs, and insightful commentary by players, managers, and fans, The Tenth Inning (2010) interweaves the story of the national pastime with the story of America.

  • Cheating Scandals | Ken Burns: Baseball - The Tenth Inning

    Explore images of famous baseball players caught in cheating scandals from, Baseball: The Tenth Inning. Performance-enhancing drugs have cast a long shadow over the ethics and accomplishments of athletes who have used them and the fields in which they excelled. Baseball, America's pastime, has had a long history of cheating, including players taking steroids, which can lead to side effects, such as health and behavior problems. Many of baseball's top players testified before Congress in 2005 about this, issue resulting in stricter regulations. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Baseball Legends | Ken Burns: Baseball - The Tenth Inning

    Explore images of baseball's more recent legends and Hall of Famers, featured in Baseball: The Tenth Inning, that highlight baseball's popularity. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Historic Parks and Events | Ken Burns: Baseball - The Tenth Inning

    Explore images of some of baseball's storied ballparks, from Chicago's Comiskey Park, which was demolished in 1991, to Camden Yards in Baltimore. View images of significant events in baseball history, from the 1994 strike that crippled the game for months, to the New York Yankees' 1999 World Series win, and an aerial photo of Manhattan taken five days after 9/11.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Little Leaguers | Ken Burns: Baseball - The Tenth Inning

    View images of children enjoying the game of baseball across the world. While Little League baseball is a right of passage for many American children, a love of the sport has spread globally.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Players and Fans | Ken Burns: Baseball - The Tenth Inning

    Experience a gallery of contemporary baseball players and the fans who love them. Players and fans have enjoyed the game of baseball since it was first invented in the summer of 1839 in Cooperstown, New York. The sport became so woven into American life in the 19th and 20th centuries that it became known as "America's pastime." 

    Grades: 6-12