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The fourth inning brings us “A National Heirloom” on BASEBALL from Ken Burns – April 6 at 9 pm

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Thursday, April 6 at 9:00 pm


Part Four airs April 6 at 9 pm

“A National Heirloom”


close up of Babe Ruth looking at camera
Babe Ruth

This inning covers approximately 1920 to 1930, and focuses on baseball’s recovery from the Black Sox Scandal, giving much of the credit to the increase in power hitting throughout the game, led by its savior Babe Ruth.

Babe Ruth, the Baltimore saloon-keeper’s son who became the best-known and best-loved athlete in American history, and who was described by sportswriter Jimmy Cannon as a “National Heirloom,” is the focus of the fourth inning. This inning details how Ruth’s phenomenal performance thrilled the nation throughout the 1920s and rescued the game from the scandal that threatened to destroy it.