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Sunday, March 13 at 7 p.m. – Baseball: A New York Love Story

(Rochester, NY)Baseball: A New York Love Story, airing Sunday, March 13 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), looks at more than 60 years of the sport. Hosted by sportscaster Bob Costas, the film covers Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947 through the Yankees 27th world championship in 2009. It also includes stories, sometimes humorous, sometimes bittersweet, about the game’s impact on New Yorkers throughout the years. During the broadcast, WXXI-TV viewers can call(585) 454-6300 to enter a drawing for the chance to win a trip to New York City, which includes an overnight stay and tickets for the Yankees/Mets “Subway Series”.

Unlike other broadcasts, which tell the story team-by-team or era-by-era, Baseball: A New York Love Story takes a thematic approach to the games and the fans’ recollections. For instance, the series will begin with an episode called, “Brushes with History,” and will include stories from fans who wandered into or somehow became part of New York baseball history. Another episode titled “Learning to Love, Loving to Hate,” explores the joy fans, fathers and sons and brothers and sisters all take rooting against one another. Notables interviewed include: Joan Hodges (widow of Gil Hodges) and Gil Hodges, Jr., radio personality Mike Francesa, writer Roger Kahn, former Dodger Joe Pignatano, and award-winning actor Peter Riegert.

WXXI's Baseball: A New York Love Story drawing is made possible courtesy of Brock Tours.


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