Greatest Feats, Accomplished in a Single Season Before America Went to War
Secaucus, N.J., September 22, 2011 – The dramatic and improbable pursuits by two future Hall of Famers during the 1941 Major League Baseball season are the subject of MLB Productions’ 1941: Summer of Legends, premiering this Saturday, September 24 at 5:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. Amid footage from the Major League Baseball Film and Video Archive, award-winning actor and director Edward Burns (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Brothers McMullen”) narrates the story of how over the course of one summer 70 years ago, the New York Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio and the Boston Red Sox’s Ted Williams held the attention of sports fans across the country as DiMaggio pursued a 56-game hitting streak and Williams sought to hit .400 for the season. Recognized as two of baseball’s most enduring feats, DiMaggio and Williams contributed to one of the game’s most captivating seasons while America enjoyed a final summer of peace before the second World War.
1941: Summer of Legends includes archive interviews with DiMaggio, Williams and former teammates Phil Rizzuto, Tommy Henrich and Bobby Doerr, plus new clips with Hall of Famers Tommy Lasorda, Red Schoendienst and Hall of Fame award-winning broadcaster Jerry Coleman, who reflect back on the excitement surrounding DiMaggio’s streak, as they experienced it. The hour-long documentary also features new interviews with Williams’ daughter Claudia Williams, MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, filmmaker Ken Burns, author of the book 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports Kostya Kennedy, Ted Williams biographer Leigh Montville, journalist and author of 1941: The Greatest Year in Sports Mike Vaccaro, and Hall of Famer and eight-time National League batting champion Tony Gwynn, who nearly hit .400 in the 1994 MLB season.