TELEVISION: Baseball: Homer Epic

The creator of The Civil War takes 18 hours to tell the glorious story of baseball

Ken Burns is a romantic about baseball, so it is hardly surprising that the current major league strike causes him dismay. "The thing I feel most passionately about is that these guys are custodians of something a lot more important than their own bottom line," he says. "The history of baseball is the history of phenomenal human beings and events, like Roger Maris hitting 61 home runs. To think that across the board, for both owners and players, something could be more important than Ken Griffey or Frank Thomas or Matt Williams hitting that many home runs -- I find it...