22 years after the airing of his documentary titled “Baseball,” a new film on one of the legends of the game will air on Public Television.
Ken Burns’ “Jackie Robinson”
Documentarian Ken Burns’ two-part film on the life, legend and legacy of Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) will air on PBS this evening (the second part will air on Tuesday). Filmed by Burns, along with daughter Sarah Burns and son-in-law David McMahon, this new documentary on Robinson will focus on his career in the major leagues, breaking the color barrier in the game and his early involvement in addressing civil rights.
Burns’ documentary will feature interviews with Robinson’s wife, Rachel Robinson, along with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Harry Belafonte, Tom Brokaw, Carly Simon, former baseball players Ralph Branca, Carl Erskine and Don Newcombe. Actor Jamie Foxx provides the voice of Jackie Robinson, reading excerpts from personal letters, newspaper articles and autobiographical works.
A must-see for those who may want to learn more about Robinson, including fans of baseball and documentary filmmaking.
Tonight (April 11) and Tomorrow (April 12), 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central, on PBS
In the Washington, D.C./Frederick area: WETA (26.1/Comcast 26), Maryland Public Television (WFPT-62.1/Comcast 22). Burns’ two-part documentary will be available on PBS’ website (and Roku platform) after the airdate.