100 Films: A List For the Baseball Documentary Fan (Features, Shorts, Interviews, Lectures...)

NOTE: The Majority of these videos are available on YouTube

100 Years of Japanese American Baseball: Kerry Yo Nakagawa(2012)

While the story of the Negro Leagues has been well documented, few baseball fans know about the Japanese American Nisei Leagues, or of their most influential figure, Kenichi Zenimura (1900-1968).

30 ballpark, 30 day tour compilation (2012)

A blind baseball fan who in 2012, took a 30 ballpark, 30 day tour. This video is a compilation, one clip shot from each ballpark.

4192: The Crowning of the Hit King (2010)

The film focuses strictly on Rose's accomplishments on the field, making no mention of various controversies that dogged Rose later on.

Adam Carolla and Ken Burns: The Tenth Inning (2010)

Corolla and Ken Burns discuss The Tenth Inning - A new chapter in Burns's landmark 1994 series; Baseball.

American Experience: Clementé (2008)

PBS 'American Experience' TV Series.

American Experience: Forever Baseball (1989)

PBS 'American Experience' TV Series.

American Experience: Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life (2008)

PBS 'American Experience' TV Series.

Ball Game, The (1898)

The Ball Game is an 1898 American short black-and-white silent documentary sports film produced and distributed by Edison Manufacturing Company.

Ballhawks (2010)

The story of the men who have been chasing baseballs and dreams just outside the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley Field, for the last ninety years.

Ballplayer; Pelotero (2011)

By Bobby Valentine,examines the lives of two 15-year-old Dominican baseball prospects and details how Major League squads find raw talent in that rich baseball culture.

Barry Bonds (2013)

Barry Bonds talks about his career.

Baseball (1994)

Comprehensive history of the game, 18 hours-plus, as chronicled by Ken Burns.

Baseball Bunch, The: Fielding (1986)

The Baseball Bunch. Johnny Bench teaches fielding with the help of Ozzie Smith, Graig Nettles and Gary Carter.

Baseball History and Literature (2013)

No description available.

Baseball in The Dominican Republic (2012)

Charles Farrell, co-founder of the Dominican Republic Sports & Education Academy, Inc. was invited to speak about baseball in the Dominican Republic at Champlain College in Canada in 2012.

Baseball in The Time of Cholera (2012)

A powerful insight into the tragedy and scandal of Haiti's Cholera epidemic through the eyes of a young baseball player.

Baseball: Minor League Baseball (2009)

Professor of Law Diane Sullivan and Associate Dean Michael Coyne delve into aspects of the minor league baseball experience.

Baseball: There's No Place Like Home (2011)

Nebraska State Historical Society Brown Bag Lecture by Jon Hamilton filmed on June 16, 2011 at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln, NE

Baseball's Greatest Legends: Diamond Memories (2007)

Rare footage of the biggest moments in baseball combine to create a comprehensive look at the history, heritage, and folklore of America's favorite national pastime.

Baseball's Last Hero: 21 Clementé Stories (2013)

'Baseball's Last Hero: 21 Clementé Stories' blends baseball with a redemptive story of sacrifice.

Baseball's Most Unbreakable Feats (2007)

Hall of Famers, baseball historians and managers assess 10 so-called unbreakable records and the likelihood that the names associated with them will hold up over time.

Blue Revolution (2012)

A documentary short film about the Los Angeles Dodgers fans efforts to remove Frank McCourt as owner of the team through protest and boycott in the 2011 season.

Boys of Summer (2011)

On the tiny island of Curaçao, Little League All-Stars go to the World Series for seven consecutive years, routinely defeating such baseball powerhouses as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic to win a spot in Williamsport.

Braves New World (2010)

In 1953, the Boston Braves became the first major league team in 50 years to relocate.

Break it Down: Yankee Stadium (2011)

National Geographic: Mega Structures

Brick by Brick: Stories of Fenway Park (2013)

The film chronicles the history of Fenway Park through personal narratives with members Red Sox Nation from throughout the world.

Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush (2007)

The Brooklyn Dodgers, from Jackie Robinson's breaking baseball's color barrier to their move to Los Angeles, a dozen years later.

Catching Hell (2011)

ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the relationship between Steve Bartman and Chicago Cubs fans since Bartman's famous incident in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS.

Cooperstowm Dreams (2011)

The #1 Tournament in America for youth baseball. This documentary film follows the North Valley Vipers as they compete at Cooperstown Dreams Park in New York.

Curious Case of Curt Flood, The (2011)

HBO takes a look at Curt Flood- the man who challenged baseball’s Reserve Clause, effectively sacrificing his career and (eventually) bringing about free agency.

Dem Bums: The History of the Brooklyn Dodgers (2000)

Charts the history of the perennially struggling baseball outfit that Brooklyn took to its hearts in the days when the cross town Yankees were the gold standard in excellence on the diamond.

Emerald Diamond, The: The True Story of Ireland's Nat'l Team (2006)

About the Irish National Baseball Team. With no fields, equipment or game experience, Ireland began play in the 1996 European Championships.

Fernando Nation (2010)

ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the impact of Fernando Valenzuela's 1981 rookie season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Four Days in October (2010)

ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the Boston Red Sox' comeback from a 3–0 series deficit against the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS.

Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (1995)

Aaron's pursuit of Babe Ruth's all-time homer record, directed by Michael Tollin.

Harvard Park (2012)

A look at former Major League Baseball stars Darryl Strawberry and Eric Davis, and how they honed their athletic skills as youths on a small field in crime-riddled 1980s South Central Los Angeles.

Harvey's Wallbangers: The 1982 Milwaukee Brewers (2007)

Harvey's Wallbangers documents the 1982 Brewers who, led by manager Harvey Kuenn after he took over the job mid-season, won the American League pennant.

Here Now (2012)

ESPN's 30 for 30 short - Everyday Pete Rose wakes up, and goes to work. But instead of a dugout, he's seated in a folding chair in a memorabilia store in Las Vegas.

Holy Grail: The T206 Honus Wagner (2013)

ESPN's 30 for 30 short - The T206 Honus Wagner is the most infamous baseball card in the world, but does its value really lie in the eye of the beholder?

Holy Land Hardball (2012)

When Boston bagel maker Larry Baras wanted to create a professional baseball league in Israel, his idea was met with incredulity, dismissal and even hostility.

Home Base: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (2009)

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York is a wonderful place to explore America's favorite pastime and the great players who make it so popular.

House of Steinbrenner, The (2010)

ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the legacy of George Steinbrenner's ownership of the New York Yankees.

Jean Shepherd's America: Chicago White Sox (1985)

Shep visits his home town of Chicago and Comisky park. He tells the story of his old man and Lou Gehrig

Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (2010)

Academy Award-winner Dustin Hoffman narrates filmmaker Peter Miller's documentary tracing Jewish involvement in the development of American baseball.

Jordan Rides the Bus (2010)

ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores Michael Jordan's brief career in minor league baseball after his first retirement from basketball.

Knuckleball! (2012)

Follows 37 year-old R.A. Dickey and 17-year veteran Tim Wakefield, the oldest player in the major leagues and an icon of the Boston Red Sox.

Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball (2006)

PBS series POV. Explores the phenomenon of high school baseball in Japan.

Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, The (1998)

The life and career of a former Detroit Tigers star and war hero.

Little Big Men (2010)

ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the Kirkland National Little League team that scored a stunning victory in the 1982 Little League World Series.

Lost Son of Havana, The (2009)

Baseball in Cuba, due to the secretive nature of the government, has remained an enigma for over half a century.

Mantle (2005)

Documentary profiling the life and career of Mickey Mantle. Includes interviews with former teammates, family, and celebrities.

Mantle vs Mays: 1959 Home Run Derby (1960)

Home Run Derby is a 1960 television show that was held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles pitting the top sluggers of Major League Baseball against each other in nine-inning home run contests.

Mantle: The Definitive Story (2006)

HBO Sports documentary special. Over 18 seasons with the Bronx Bombers, despite constant nagging injuries, Mantle managed to hit 536 home runs, twice hitting more than 50 in a season.

Mickey, Whitey and Me: Mantle-Ford Fantasy Camp (1986)

Imagine spending a week at the New York Yankees spring training facility in Florida, playing baseball alongside Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford.

MLB Ballpark Slide Show, 35 Minutes from a 30 Ballparks (2012)

This movie is a photo slide show, so no sound. The photos were taken at all 30 MLB ballparks as part of a 30 day, 30 ballpark tour.

Modern Marvels: Doomed Stadiums (1998)

History Channel

Mr. Kansas City: The Life of Buck O’Neill (2001)

Buck O’Neill was the patron saint of baseball’s past, a saint of sorts to the game and a saint in his personal life.

Negro Baseball Leagues (2012)

Lecture: UNC Asheville.

Nine Innings From Ground Zero (2004)

Short, showing how the NY Yankees vs. AZ Diamondbacks world series games, just a month after 9-11, provided welcome relief from the uncertainty New Yorkers, and the nation, felt about how to proceed with their lives.

Old Pacific Coast League, The (1946)

This old film lay dormant on a shelf in the closet of a television studio for several decades until recently rediscovered by Alan O'Connor and Bill Shubb.

Play Ball (2011)

The most competitive AAU youth baseball tournament in America. This documentary follows the "Mid Valley Yellow Jackets" one of the most elite 12 year old teams across the nation. Burnsville,

Player to Be Named Later, A (2005)

This inspiring true story of four minor league baseball players charts the course of one season with the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Playing for Peanuts (2008)

10-episode documentary television series about minor league baseball. The ten episode series follows the South Georgia Peanuts of the independent South Coast League during the 2007 season.

Primetime Thursday: Pete Rose (2004)

Interview: Pete Rose admits betting on baseball for the 1st time.

Rice Field of Dreams (2011)

22 Cambodian Baseball players are assembled to compete for their country as the first Cambodian National Team.

Road to the Big Leagues (2008)

The film takes a look at 10 year-olds hoping to make it to the Major Leagues, a 16 or 17 year old who keeps getting tryouts with MLB scouts.

Rocky Colavito (2012)

Rocky Colavito talks about his career with host David Spada on Sports & Torts.

Ron Santo: This Old Cub (2004)

Chronicles life of Ron Santo, focusing on baseball career and struggle with type 1 diabetes.

Rounding Third: Watt Powell Once More (2004)

Bob Wilkinson produced this documentary about the history of Watt Powell Park and minor league baseball in Charleston, West Virginia.

Sign Here (2005)

Sign Here is an intimate look at Canadian pre-game baseball featuring the Toronto Blue Jays and the Montreal Expos.

Signs of the Time (2008)

Signs of the Time is a 60-minute documentary on the origin of hand signals in baseball.

Silly Little Game (2010)

ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look back at the group of New York writers and academics who created Rotisserie fantasy baseball, and how their creation eventually left them behind.

Someone To Cheer For (2011)

Although, this is a production from the Woodbridge Channels from 2000, it is an interesting perspective on Baseball History that's worth a look.

Soul of the Game (1996)

Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson are the greatest players in the Colored leagues, and everyone expects that one of them will make the leap to the Major Leagues, now that there is talk of integration.

Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey (2006)

Bill "Spaceman" Lee was a fairly successful left-handed pitcher with the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos from 1969-1982. Known for his eccentricities (including requesting his uniform number be changed to '337' because it spelled 'Lee' upside down)

Spectrum Presents: An Evening of Baseball History and Music (2012)

In celebration of the exhibition Breaking the Color Barrier in MLB and the Museum's renowned permanent baseball card collection, Spectrum organized a panel discussion about baseball history.

Sports Century: Barry Bonds (2001)

Sports Century profiles baseball great Barry Bonds and his enormous accomplishments as a 13-time all-star who launched 73 homers in one season.

Sports Century: Clementé (2002)

Roberto Clementé was a Puerto Rican baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 through 1972.

Sports Century: Sandy Koufax (2000)

ESPN documentary on Sandy Koufax, one of the greatest baseball players of all time

Steroids in Major League Baseball and the Mitchell Report (2007)

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform - 2008-01-15 - The full Committee held a hearing entitled "The Mitchell Report: The Illegal Use of Steroids in Major League Baseball.

Story of America's Classic Ballparks, The (1991)

This home run hit recalls an earlier America that fell in love with baseball and an era when owners built bigger arenas to house our fast-growing national pastime.

Subway Series: The Golden Era (2008)

In the late forties and through the fifties, New York was the baseball capital of the country. Teams from that city competed every year for the World Series, often against each other.

Take a Tour of Fenway Park! 100 Years of History (2012)

Come with ACISN and take a tour of one of baseball's most historic ballparks! Video footage was taken on location in April of 2011.

Ted Williams (2009)

HBO: Explores the life and career of Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams.

Ted Williams and the Atlantic Salmon (1975)

Baseball legend, Ted Williams, is documented in his quest for perhaps the greatest game fish of all, the Atlantic Salmon set in Canada, Norway and Scotland.

Ted Williams: A Tip of the Cap (2013)

North Coast Repertory Theatre - 2011. Written by Matt Thompson. Directed by Tina Polzin and Matt Thompson. Starring Johnny Clark.

Tenth Inning, The: Top of the Tenth (2004)

This latest entry covers the period from the early 1990's onward. Labor relations deteriorated badly in the early part of that decade leading to the players strike in August 1994.

The "Frostbite League:" Major League Spring During WW II (2013)

This is a beta version of a "mini-documentary" for a PhD project. In this video it discusses the unique challenges that Major League baseball encountered while they had spring training in Indiana during WW II.

The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams (1974)

Baseball legend, Ted Williams, demonstrates his hitting methods joined by Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Harmon Killebrew, Al Kaline, Frank Robinson and many others.

Touching the Game: The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League (2004)

The Cape Cod Baseball League is the most prestigious summer amateur league in the country. Takes you inside the league for one summer and also tells the history of the league through interviews with some very familiar names.

Up for Grabs (2004)

A battle over who owns ball hit in 2001 by Barry Bonds for his 73rd home run.

ViewFinder: The Golden Game - Baseball in Sacramento (2008)

We interview former players and historians to re-trace some of Sacramento's rich baseball history. From the early teams and ballparks, to the Sacramento Solons dramatic 1942 PCL title run, to the success of the Sacramento River Cats.

Welcome to Brooklyn, Jackie Robinson 1947 (2007)

This 2007 docudrama highlights Mr. Robinson's thoughts and feeling of becoming the 1st African-American to play in the modern baseball era.

What Jackie Robinson did for America: Blacks Entering MLB (2009)

Join Dr. David Bezayiff, a history professor from Porterville College, for a lecture about Jackie Robinson's role in history.

When It Was a Game (1991)

This film consists solely of 8mm and 16mm film taken by players and fans from 1934 and 1957. All but a few minutes of the film are in color.

When it Was a Game 2 (1992)

Film consists solely of 8mm and 16mm film taken by players and fans from 1925 to 1961. All but approximately 6 minutes of the film is in color.

When It Was a Game 3 (2000)

The third installment of the HBO series When It Was a Game focuses on the 1960s, an era of great change for the game of professional baseball.

When the Red Sox Ruled: Baseball's First Dynasty, 1912-1918 (2011)

Thomas J. Whalen, Associate Professor of Social Science at Boston University, explores this fascinating topic in his newest book. In a talk delivered at the Massachusetts Historical Society on September 28, 2011.

Yankee Stadium: Baseball's Cathedral (2008)

Yankee Stadium: Baseball's Cathedral will celebrate the entire spectrum that makes this ballpark the most talked about sports structure in the entire world.


If you have information on more Non-Fiction Baseball Videos, PLEASE comment, below.

I have this list in Microsoft Excel format; perhaps I can see about posting it here, somehow.

Enjoy! Noel in Seattle

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