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Disappointing, to be sure. But it’s not why Burns and Novick decided to revisit the sport in “The Tenth Inning,” a two-part,  four-hour sequel airing tonight and tomorrow on WGBH.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick finished their seminal documentary “Baseball” in 1993, with eyes on airing it late the following summer.

Then the strike happened. The nine-part film appeared on PBS with “tumbleweeds in the ballpark,” Burns said.

Disappointing, to be sure. But it’s not why Burns and Novick decided to revisit the sport in “The Tenth Inning,” a two-part, four-hour sequel airing tonight and tomorrow on WGBH.
Steroids pushed the idea over the top. Burns called the scandal the third-worst part of the game’s history, behind segregation and the gambling of the early 1900s.

“When [the steroid scandal] broke full-bore, we said ‘We have to do it,’” Burns said.

 
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