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Colin Murray writes...

Making a baseball documentary for a UK audience is a little like making a meat feast pizza for a vegetarian.

Fly over London, Liverpool, Glasgow, anywhere in this part of the world, and you'll see football pitches and rugby fields, but try spotting a baseball diamond and it's like looking for the thread of the needle in the haystack.

It may have its origins in England, but it was developed to be America's pastime, a sport that's on their televisions for almost two thirds of the year. They didn't embrace it so the rest of the world could 'get it', although millions have.

As with Formula 1, cricket and NFL, to name but three, baseball is impossible to like if you don't understand the rules.

But those of us who do are sick to the back teeth of people saying ''It's just rounders, isn't it?'' Sick of explaining the art of it, the complexity of it, the fact that the baseball is being chucked in the batter's general direction at anywhere between 80 and 100 miles per hour.

Suffice to say, next time you are hitting the speed limit on the M1, imagine another 30 mph and you'll get the picture. I say this, because I am sure no-one reading this has ever broken a speed limit.

Thankfully, 100 Years of the New York Yankees: A Bronx Tale is not just for fans of the 'boys of summer', but it also isn't simplified so that real baseball fans have nothing new to enjoy.

It doesn't need to be, as the Yankees' story is about so much more than 27 World Series titles.

It's about the Bronx, through the dawn of the dancehall, prohibition, and the birth of hip-hop. It's about global icons such as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe. It's about a baseball club that spend money by the truck load, demand only success, yet spurn some of the most selfless superstars sport has ever produced.

Hopefully you can listen live or listen again to this documentary about life, love, hate and history...not just baseball.

 

Producer Patrick Nathanson writes...

It's not often Dr Henry Kissinger, leading American sports shock jock Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo and tennis coach Nick Bollettieri inhabit the same radio airspace.

But then it’s not often you get to do a feature documentary on the New York Yankees.

A century has passed since arguably the most famous sports team in the world changed their name from the Highlanders to the Yankees.

Their growth has mirrored that of the city they have become synonymous with.

Walk down any high street in the western world and it won’t be long before you see a New York Yankees cap.

From budding rappers to old age pensioners, they all don the Yankee hat.

Its ubiquitous interlocking N and Y is one of the few truly global fashion icons, transcending age, race and gender.

In 100 Years of the Yankees: A Bronx Tale, Colin Murray examines the story behind this remarkable rise from the rubble of the Bronx to worldwide fame and vast fortune.

He explores the team’s humble origins in one of the roughest parts of the States when New York was flowing with illicit liquor and star baseball players rubbed shoulders with gangsters and prostitutes in licentious speakeasies.

Decades later the Bronx gave birth to Hip-Hop as a new generation of players in the 1970’s- dubbed the ‘Bronx Zoo’ team because of their propensity for punch-ups and partying – emulated their predecessors and headed to Sedgewick Avenue for DJ Kool Herc’s groundbreaking, flat-shaking house parties.

As well as tracing the stories of Yankees legends such as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra, Colin catches up with modern day superstars such as Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter as he examines what it means to wear the famous pinstripes today.

Our journey into the heart of Yankees folklore took us right into the soul of 20th century America - for the story of the Yankees is just as much about Marilyn Monroe and Hip-Hop as it is about homeruns and heroics with the glove.

100 Years of the Yankees: A Bronx Tale is on 5live Sport from 7.30pm on Wednesday 10 April. Download the programme here.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by Sarnia

    on 15 Apr 2013 17:37

    Why don't you have a button so one can read the comments from the beginning - and call it 'newest first? This blog is bloomin difficult and time consuming to navigate. And - are we meant to read them from the bottom upwards? Ridiculous!

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by Jackstumps

    on 15 Apr 2013 13:15

    Enjoyed the golf (if a bit overkill) but Mark Chapman has a long way to go before he has the gravitas to become a Mike Ingham type authority. He's still a bit blokey and shouty.

    Agree incidentally with all the comments about Murray and this strange fascination with a very minority American sport that the Beeb has.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by Fedster

    on 14 Apr 2013 20:59

    Come on Carrie there is no whatever about it,2 of the biggest games of the Season and 5live decide to ignore them and instead go for an update program on Tuesday 23d April and you guessed it another update program on Wednesday, football is the heartbeat of 5live, big matches like this dont come along very often, come on Will get your act together, and get your new boss Mr Wall to go out and buy the rights, and while i am at it, get him reinstate Alan Green on 606, what a shocking decison to bin him!

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by carrie

    on 14 Apr 2013 20:10

    Maybe they only paid for coverage of British clubs. Whatever.

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by Fedster

    on 14 Apr 2013 11:16

    Why they do that on a quiet day, why pick out 2 days, where 2 epic matches are going to be played, Adrian Van Klavern had his critics but at least he sanctioned live coverage of non British Champions League ties, Jonathan Wall and Will seem to be going in a different direction.

    Also i would like to pay tribute to Alan Green, he will not be presenting 606 again which is a shame with Ian Dennis taking over for next season, is this another decison taken by Jonathan Wall.

    First axing Greeny from 606, than not providing CL Commentary on massive matches.

    Whatever next!!

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by Rebelbrum

    on 14 Apr 2013 11:10

    Like I said Fedster, 5 Live is trying to rid itself of the "footy chat" image, so instead of listening to two potentially epic Champions' League ties we'll be treated to a night of Colin Murray interviewing another one of his boyhood heroes, or Colin Jackson or whatever yakking to each other about this summer's Diamond League athletics.

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by Fedster

    on 14 Apr 2013 10:49

    FAO Will (5Live Editor),

    Why is it in previous seasons 5live have covered non British ties in the Champions League, but this season they refuse to do so? Looking at the schedules for 23rd and 24th April it reads as if 5live will only be providing updates on Bayern Munich V Barcelona and Bor Dortmund V Real Madrid, why is this? 2 of the biggest matches of the season, yet " the home of live football" is only providng updates!!!

    People want live coverage involving players like Messi,Ronaldo,Ribery,Robben the list is endless, forget the yankee sports, give the people what they want!!

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by carrie

    on 12 Apr 2013 16:36

    Thank you Will. I only want the best to continue on the station- if you look back at the archives of what you put out on 5Live you would know what I mean - I have listened since its launch. My criticisms try to be constructive.All the best, Carrie

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by Will

    on 12 Apr 2013 15:22

    Completely valid point, Carrie, and in fact there's going to be something that launches soon that should allow you to post on this site on topics we're discussing on air daily. Can't say much now as it's still being tested, but it should help you with that point.

  • Comment number 20. Posted by carrie

    on 12 Apr 2013 12:04

    Will: News topics. An open blog that allows us to say 'great golf' as you are broadcasting it for most of the weekend yet there is nowhere to comment. I am well aware there have been 39 blogs this year. January - no news or sport blogs, February, 7 sport, 1 Oscars, 1 Wall, 1 politics, 1 rajars (!). March - 6 sport, 1 Wall, 8 general politics subjects, 1 Pope, 1 Canterbury, 5 Bump Club. April - 3 sport.
    Nothing about Thatcher, news subjects that matter to people, you are a news station yet you do not provide interaction unless it is mindless tweets or Facebook, if you can allow comment there, why can't you here? Post the same questions on here and let everyone join in.

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