The Official World Series Film Collection
(A&E Home Video)
DVD Release Date: 10 Nov 2009
Baseball is that most encyclopedic of sports. Few other games feature the kind of statistical wealth that might describe a batter’s chances against left-handers in July, or a pitcher’s lifetime earned run average against short stops. The Official World Series Film Collection encapsulates a great many of the sport’s expansive details, cataloguing summaries of the championship series from 1943 to 2008.
The hardcore fans will appreciate the thoroughness of the compendium, whose 65 game-by-game narrative summaries would take two and a half days to watch if played back-to-back. More casual fans will appreciate the fact that this collection skips over the mid-season lulls and between-pitch pauses, distilling the game down into its most dramatic moments. From Willy Mays’ “The Catch” to Reggie Jackson’s transformation into “Mr. October”, from Jack Morris’ ten-inning shutout to the Red Sox reversing “the curse”, the collection is both a record and a celebration of the sport at its pinnacle.
A glossy companion book offers pictures and descriptions going back to 1903, and a few blank pages are left to invite fans to include their own memories of future World Series. Baseball’s universe continues to expand, but this collection is a deluxe reminder of where it all began.
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong online. Please consider a donation to support our work as an independent publisher devoted to the arts and humanities. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where advertising no longer covers our costs. We need your help to keep PopMatters publishing. Thank you.