MLB Network talkin' Ken Burns 'Baseball'

Net will air Emmy-winning doc with commentary

NEW YORK -- MLB Network is going all out in its first month of operation, saying Tuesday that it will air the Ken Burns documentary "Baseball."

The Emmy-winning nine-part series on the history of baseball from the 1800s to the early 1990s first aired on PBS in 1994 to high ratings. It has aired occasionally on PBS since. MLB Network, which goes live New Year's Day in 50 million households, will air one part at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through January and February. It begins Jan. 6, following the nightly hourlong "Hot Stove Report" of baseball news.

The documentary will include special commentary recorded by Burns, MLB Network said.

The "Baseball" announcement is another of a series of programming acquisitions by the network. On its first night, the channel will introduce itself with an hourlong "Hot Stove Report" and then televise the 1956 World Series perfect game by Don Larsen of the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers. It will be the first time that the broadcast, which was saved on kinescope by a collector, will be aired -- including the original commercials -- since it was on live. The telecast begins in the second inning.
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