Burns to make Jackie Robinson documentary


140123_dt_sports03Documentarian Ken Burns, who has put his stamp on such topics as the civil war, national parks, jazz, the Central Park Five and most recently prohibition and the Dust Bowl, will next year turn his attention toward baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson.
Set for the fall of 2015, the PBS documentary will span four hours and attempt to dig beneath the legend that fans saw on the field.

“He has been so smothered in myth that it’s really hard to get at the real person,” said Burns at the TCA Press Tour on Monday in Pasadena.

“It was really important for us to know where he came from. So some more attention will be paid to his upbringing here in Pasadena. He was born in rural Georgia, but his mother escaped and came to Pasadena.

“The legend has it that they were allowed, his brother and he were allowed to swim in the town pool after which the city fathers drained the pool and re filled it again. I haven’t been able to verify that, but this is one of these apocryphal stories that comes down.”



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