Baseball's Seasons

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Baseball's Seasons
Narrated by Curt Chaplin
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 32
Production
Producer(s) MLB Network
Running time 60 minutes, minus commercials
Broadcast
Original channel MLB Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original airing January 7, 2009 (2009-01-07)

Baseball's Seasons is a documentary series on MLB Network. Each episode takes a look at a season in the history of Major League Baseball. It first aired January 7, 2009 in the first week of the network's existence. Like a lot of the network's other original programming, Baseball's Seasons airs during baseball's offseason.

Ep. Date Year Description
01 1/7/2009 1995 Baseball attempts to heal after the strike of 1994. Cal Ripken, Jr. beats Gehrig's record. The Mariners save baseball in Seattle. The Braves meet the Indians in the World Series.
02 1/14/2009 1986 Future legends Greg Maddux, Will Clark, Barry Larkin, Barry Bonds, Bo Jackson, Fred McGriff, and Jamie Moyer debut. The Mets meet the Red Sox in the World Series.
03 1/21/2009 2001 Baseball heals the nation in the wake of its greatest tragedy. The wounded city of New York finds one of its own teams in one of the most dramatic world series in history. Two legends and future hall-of-famers, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn retire. The Diamondbacks meet the Yankees in the World Series.
04 1/28/2009 1968 In the year of the pitcher, Bob Gibson sets the ERA record, Denny McLain wins 31 games, and Mickey Lolich wins 3 games in the World Series. The Tigers meet the Cardinals in the World Series.
05 2/11/2009 1993 MLB expands for the first time in 16 years, bringing baseball to Florida and Colorado. In the last season of the two-division structure, the Braves and Giants battle through the summer. The Blue Jays and the Phillies meet in the World Series. Joe Carter's walk-off home run in Game 6 clinched the World Series for the Blue Jays.
06 2/18/2009 1982 Baseball recovers from the strike-shortened season of '81. The Orioles and Brewers face off in a dramatic race for the American League East. The Cardinals meet the Brewers in the World Series.
07 3/31/2009 1961 The Yankees' Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris contend for the single-season home run record. Teams come to Minnesota, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. The Yankees meet the Reds in the World Series.
08 11/18/2009 1979 Willie Stargell leads the Pittsburgh Pirates, spurned on by the motto "We Are Family". The Pirates meet the Orioles in the World Series.
09 11/25/2009 1969 The Miracle Mets go from perennial cellar-dwellers to top of the National League. The majors add teams to Seattle, Kansas City, San Diego, and Montreal, the first Canadian baseball team. They also realign into East and West, and the League Championship Series is born. The Mets meet the Orioles in the World Series.
10 1/6/2010 1959 A year after the big move to LA and a second-to-last place finish, the Los Angeles Dodgers try to return to prominence. Meanwhile, in the American League, the Chicago White Sox wish to finally overcome the untouchable Yankees. The Dodgers meet the White Sox in the World Series.
11 1/13/2010 1967 The baseball season is played amongst the backdrop of social unrest. While the Summer of Love begins in San Francisco, the Detroit Tigers deal with a summer of racial conflict. The Boston Red Sox try to make their impossible dream come alive. The Cardinals meet the Red Sox in the World Series.
12 2/10/2010 2004 The St. Louis Cardinals make a run for the title with the help of sluggers Larry Walker and Albert Pujols. The Minnesota Twins see the rise of ace pitcher Johan Santana. The Boston Red Sox attempt to shake off the memories of their defeat the previous year at the hands of the Aaron Boone and the New York Yankees. They get their chance when the two get a rematch, resulting in the greatest comeback in the history of the game. The Red Sox meet the Cardinals in the World Series.
13 2/17/2010 2003 The Florida Marlins try to recapture the glory of their championship season, becoming one of the eight teams in the National League contending for the wild card. The rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox heats up after the Yankees win the fight for Cuban defector Jose Contreras. The two teams get a chance to duke it out on the field when they meet in the ALCS. Meanwhile, in the NLCS, the Chicago Cubs try to triumph against their past and win a pennant. The Marlins meet the Yankees in the World Series.
14 2/17/2010 1987 The Minnesota Twins win their second AL pennant since the move to Minnesota. The first World Series to be played indoors introduced the St. Louis Cardinals to the dome field advantage. The Twins meet the Cardinals in the World Series.
15 11/15/2010 1990 An old rivalry is reborn in the NLCS between the Pirates and the Reds. The A's continue their dominance. An NL batting champion is crowned while playing in the AL. The Athletics meet the Reds in the World Series.
16 11/29/2010 1971 Vida Blue and Joe Torre win league MVP awards. The All Star Game features 20 future hall of famers. The Orioles meet the Pirates in the World Series.
17 12/13/2010 1985 Dwight "Doctor K" Gooden provides the greatest Cy Young performance since Bob Gibson. Don Denkinger blows a legendary call in the "I-70" World Series. The Royals meet the Cardinals in the World Series.
18 12/20/2010 1975 The New York Yankees land Catfish Hunter in a landmark signing, and start the wheels for the inception of baseball free agency. The Big Red Machine try to make the move from bridesmaid to bride. The Boston Red Sox rise from the middle of the AL East and take on the defending threepeat champions, the Oakland Athletics. The Reds meet the Red Sox in the World Series.
19 7/3/2011 2000 The Yankees meet the Mets in the World Series for the first Subway Series in 44 years. Also featuring the Mariners, A's, White Sox, Cardinals, Giants and Reds.
20 11/12/2011 1965 Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale lead the Dodgers to the World Series facing Tony Oliva, Mudcat Grant and Zoilo Versalles of the Minnesota Twins. The Dodgers defeat the Twins in a classic 7-game series. In the season leading up the World Series, Koufax tosses a perfect game on September 9 — a 1–0 victory over the Cubs.
21 11/19/2011 1977 The Yankees acquire Reggie Jackson by free agency by signing him to a 5-year deal. The American League adds two new teams in Seattle and Toronto. Meanwhile the 2-time defending world champion Reds are unseated when the Dodgers win the NL West. The Phillies lose Game 4 of the NLCS to the Dodgers. The ALCS is just as dramatic, with the series going to what was then a full 5 games. The Yankees wind up beating the Dodgers in 6 games for their 21st World Series championship behind the famous three-home run game from Reggie Jackson.
22 12/3/2011 1978 The Yankees battle their archrival Red Sox for the AL East title. The race comes down to a memorable one game playoff famous for the Bucky Dent home run that gives the Yankees a lead they don't relinquish. They use that momentum to take down the Royals and Dodgers for a second straight year, and another championship. The NLCS also produces the same result, with the Dodgers beating the Phillies in 4 games.
23 12/10/2011 1980 George Brett, Mike Schmidt, J.R. Richard, Steve Stone and Steve Howe lead their teams through tight divisional races. The Yankees win 103 games, fending off the Orioles who win 100. The Astros and Dodgers battle for the NL West, with the race coming down to a one game playoff. The Astros prevail, beating the Dodgers 7–1. After three losses in the NLCS from 1976–1978, the Philles reach the World Series after a tight 5-game match with the Astros with the final four games being decided in extra innings. The Royals also capture their first pennant, sweeping the Yankees in the ALCS culminated by George Brett's 3-run home run in Game 3. After over eight decades of disappointmant, the Philles win their first World Series. They defeat the Royals in 6 games.
24 12/17/2011 1974 Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth's all-time home run record. The A's dynasty continues as they roll through the AL en route to a World Series matchup with the Dodgers.
25 11/11/2012 1997 Interleague play is introduced for the first time as part of the regular season. Ken Griffey, Jr. wins the AL MVP, hitting 56 home runs. The Florida Marlins become the first Wild Card team to win a World Series, defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 on a walk-off bases-loaded single by Edgar Rentería.
26 11/18/2012 1984 The powerhouse Detroit Tigers dominate the American League with a historic 35-5 start, while the upstart Padres claim their first pennant after a thrilling series with the Chicago Cubs. Detroit wins their first championship since 1968 when they beat San Diego in five games.
27 12/2/2012 2005 The Astros bounce back from a 15–30 start to win the wild card and eventually their first pennant. The White Sox win their first championship in 88 years, sweeping the Astros in four games.
28 12/10/2012 1981 The season is shortened by a strike, neccating the first ever Division Series in the playoffs. The Los Angeles Dodgers become the first team to come back from the 2 games to none deficit to beat the Houston Astros in the NLDS. They go on to beat the Montreal Expos in the NLCS on a famous home run by Rick Monday. Los Angeles goes on the avenge losses to the Yankees in 1977 and 1978 by beating them in six game to take the World Series.
29 12/17/2012 1970 The Cincinnati Reds become a force in the National League under Sparky Anderson. They reach their first World Series in 9 years, but are brought down in 5 games by the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series who themselves avenge a loss to the New York Mets a year earlier.
30 12/16/2013 1983 After a season of record-breaking chases and historic milestones, AL MVP Cal Ripken, Jr. and his Orioles emerge as World Champs against the Wheeze Kids from Philadelphia.
31 12/23/2013 1988 Orel Hershiser's dominant run, the first 40-40 season in history, and an iconic World Series home run that could only happen in Hollywood.
32 12/30/2013 1989 A season made memorable by the debut of Ken Griffey, Jr. and an historic All-Star performance by Bo Jackson turns unforgettable as the World Series is interrupted by a devastating earthquake.