CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 02: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate with his teammates after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Celebrated documentarian Ken Burns (“The Civil War,” “The War,” the upcoming “The Vietnam War”) has said that he is looking to add another hour to the documentary series, “Baseball.” The original nine-part series premiered on PBS in 1994 and had an hour added in 2010 (“The Tenth Inning”) that looked at the 1994 work stoppage through 2009 and included the Boston Red Sox winning their 2004 World Series Championship breaking an 86-year drought.

During the offseason, MLB Network regularly airs “Baseball,” and the documentary has gotten new life with the re-airs.

Now Burns previewing his new “Vietnam War” doc told the Television Critics Association  on Sunday, he wants to add an “Eleventh Inning” that would tell the story of the 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series victory. Burns said “I’m sort of obligated.”

He said last year he  would add another hour if the Cubs won the World Series and now that’s it happened, Burns said he’s ready to start.

Burns added that he and collaborator Lynn Novick “have to go and talk and figure out how to go back to it.”

So it appears that Cubs fans will have another thing to celebrate, a new chapter added to “Baseball,” and another way of reliving a magical 2016.

There’s no word as to when the “Eleventh Inning” would begin production or would air, but knowing how much care Burns takes to produce his documentaries, it probably won’t be this year. However, Cubs fans can anticipate adding another DVD to their 2016 Championship memorabilia collection.


About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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