Oct 27, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (23) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a walk off home run in the 11th inning in game six of the 2011 World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won 10-9. Image Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Dugout Dirt: The World Series History

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the MLB Network debuted The World Series: History of the Fall Classic. This four hour special aired that Saturday from 7 PM to midnight. I only got around to watching it last Thursday when I needed something to break up the day during rerun season.

Bob Costas did a superb job at narrating the four hour special–which had been released on DVD in October. Costas, one of the best baseball broadcasters of this era, was the man for the job and he did it well. The fact that he narrated it was just one of the reasons that I decided to record it on my DVR in November. When you combine Bob Costas and baseball, magic tends to happen.

Costas is a great interviewer. You can see it about once a month on his monthly series, Costas Tonight, airing on the NBC Sports Network. MLB has re-aired several of the prior Studio 42 with Bob Costas episodes so it was nice getting a chance to watch several of those this past month. I didn’t have a chance to watch prior episodes as I was a victim of cable company greed until the start of the 2012 baseball season when MLB Network was finally added to the cable lineup.

But I digress.

I enjoyed the special so much that after emailing back and forth with official baseball historian John Thorn, I ended up buying the 4-disc DVD at Amazon. It was under $14 at the time. For nearly 7 hours of film and bonus features, that is not a bad price! Disc 1 and 2 are the main film. Another disc is full of all the last outs and celebrations dating back to the 1950s when television was invented.

I do not think anyone can truly call them self a baseball fan and not own this DVD. It goes along perfectly with my collection of St. Louis Cardinals World Series DVDs.

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