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They were mythical gods of the stadium whosymbolized the American Dream. No one in baseball could match the power, thepopularity, the consistency, or the durability of Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, TedWilliams, and Lou Gehrig. But their accomplishments on the field only tell partof their remarkable stories. Narrated by Martin Sheen, "Major League Legends" goesbeyond the highlight reels. Join us as we examine these men's lives before,during, and after they came up to the plate and swung their way into Americanhistory.
Henry "Hank" Aaron didn't aim to become Major League Baseball's home run king, nor did he intend to grow into a Civil Rights icon. But because of his remarkable strength, both in power and in character, he became both. This is the story of Hammerin' Hank, a victim of discrimination and bigotry his whole life, from his Alabama upbringing through his days in the Negro League and notably during his quest to capture Babe Ruth's home run crown. Through it all, he stayed focused, stood up to every challenge, and 755 big swings later, became a legend.
He was known as The Great Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, and simply The Babe, but in the annuls of history he's known simply as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time. Discover the rags-to-riches story of George Herman Ruth and witness his climb from reformatory student to baseball great to America's first modern mega-celebrity. His story transcends his baseball accomplishments, which were legion, and we look beyond the caricature and mythic legends to reveal the real Babe Ruth, an American Hercules who redefined the game of baseball.
Lou Gehrig was one of the best players to ever take the field, and one of the most durable. His streak of 2,130 consecutive games played earned him the nickname The Iron Horse, but it was his strength of character off the field that made him an American icon. Join us as we examine a baseball hero who was cut off in the prime of his life, but never flinched in the face of mortality. Rare archival MLB footage and interviews with historians, psychiatrists, and academic mythologists offer a wide perspective into his legendary life and career.
It's the hardest challenge any sport has to offer: using a thin bat to hit a small, hard ball approaching at tremendously high speeds. Ted Williams met that challenge better than any other professional baseball player. He's a member of the 500 Home Run Club and the last player to hit .400 in a single season, but numbers only tell so much about the man who wore the Red Sox uniform. Discover the truth behind the legend, revealed through rare footage and interviews from the MLB archives with baseball experts and the late Splendid Splinter himself.
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