"It measures just nine inches in circumference, weighs only about five ounces, and it's made of cork wound with woolen yarn, covered with two layers of cowhide, and stiched by hand precisely 216 times.

It travels 60 feet 6 inches from the pitcher's mound to home--and it can cover that distance at nearly 100 miles an hour. Along the way it can be made to twist, spin, curve, wobble, rise, or fall away.
The bat is made of turned ash, less than 42 inches long, not more than 2-3/4 inches in diameter. The batter has only a few thousandths of a second to decide to hit the ball. And yet the men who fail seven times out of ten are considered the game's greatest heroes.

It is played everywhere. In parks and playgrounds and prison yards. In back alleys and farmers' fields. By small children and by old men. By raw amateurs and millionare professionals. It is a leisurely game that demands blinding speed. The only game where the defense has the ball. It follows the seasons, beginning each year with the fond expectancy of springtime and ending with the hard facts of autumn.

Americans have played baseball for more than 200 years, while they conquered a continent, warred with one another and with enemies abroad, struggled over labor and civil rights and the meaning of freedom.
At the games's heart lie mythic contradictions: a pastoral game, born in crowded cities; an exhilarating democratic sport that tolerates cheating and has excluded as many as it has included; a profoundly conservative game that sometimes manages to be years ahead of its time.


It is an American odyssey that links sons and daughters to fathers and grandfathers. And it reflects a host of age-old American tensions: between workers and owners, scandal and reform, the individual and the collective.
It is a haunted game, where each player is measured by the ghosts of those who have gone before. Most of all, it is about time and timelessness, speed and grace, failure and loss, imperishable hope, and coming home."

"Baseball"
Written By: Ken Burns and Geoffry C. Ward
Spoken by Narrator: John Chancellor



 

 
 

Hollanders Split the Weekend

  Posted July 17, 2018

The Cologne Hollanders had two league games this past weekend. Going into the weekend there were only three games remaining on the season and Cologne needs to win at least two of the last three to finish take the 7 seed in the CRVL standings. Young America hosted the Hollanders saturday night for th...

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Carver Over Cologne

  Posted July 02, 2018

It finally came. Cologne's FIREWORKS AT FRITZ FIELD were held on a scortcher of a day. With a heat index reaching upwards of 110°F during the day, it cooled down at game time and turned out to be a great night in Cologne. Earlier in the year the Carver Black Sox were able to steal one from C...

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All Pistons Were Firing Against Brownton

  Posted June 25, 2018

It was a perfect night to play a baseball game or attend one. The night started out a little bittersweet as the Cologne honored one of their great fans, Rick Twait. Rick was a tremendous personality of the Cologne Hollanders for many years. As the voice of the Hollanders his voice would fill Ro...

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Cologne Pulls Through for the Win

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Hollanders Pick Up Two Wins Over the Weekend

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