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Why Can't Baseball Be More Like 'Baseball'?

October 01, 1994

If the current custodians of the game, players and owners both, are watching the PBS series "Baseball," and if in watching they have gained any sense of the enormity of the trust they have betrayed, do you think they give a damn?

They may not be the last, but they certainly are the least of the line.

SKIP NEVELL, Los Angeles

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I am nearly 90 years old and this will be the first time in my lifetime that a World Series will not be played. Every major league owner and player should be forced to sit down together to watch Ken Burns' brilliant "Baseball"--and they should hang their heads in shame.

PAULINE C. KOENIG, Los Angeles

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Regarding "Baseball":

Mike Downey's piece on "Ken Barbie" was right on the money: a bit cruel, but exquisitely appropriate. The same critique should have been, but was not, applied to the earlier Civil War series. I don't know what moves Mr. Burns, but it certainly is not an appreciation of male bonding.

FRANK GATELL, Santa Monica

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Mike Downey's indictment of Ken Burns' documentary says a lot more about him than it does about the remarkable film.

HOLLY WOLFLE HALL, Los Angeles

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I've watched the first five "innings" of Ken Burns' epic "Baseball," and you know what? So far, not one ballplayer has worn an earring.

JERRY COWLE, Pacific Palisades

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After watching the recent documentary on the Black Sox scandal, a thought occurs to me. Those eight players have suffered the ignominy of having thrown a World Series. But are they any worse than today's greedy elite? Isn't Bonilla just as bad as Joe Jackson? Our modern-day heroes have thrown half a season, the playoffs and a World Series. Say it ain't so, Joe.

DAVID WRIGHT, Lancaster

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