Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This documentary covers two tumultuous years in the history of the city of Detroit. In 1967, 43 people died and 2500 stores were destroyed during a violent spate of race riots. Just when it seemed as though Motown would never recover from this devastation, the city's Tigers baseball team roared into flame, ultimately winning the World Series--and giving the beleaguered metropolis a reason to go hoping that better days were ahead. Generous footage of the seven-game Series is interspersed with eyewitness interviews from such former ballplayers as Willie Horton, Al Kaline and Bob Gibson--and of course, would any story of the Tigers be complete without the colorful input of sportscaster Ernie Harwell? City on Fire: The Story of the '68 Detroit Tigers was first seen over the HBO cable network on July 30, 2002.
archival-footage, baseball, big-city, chaos, devastation, hope, race-relations, riot [uprising], team, turbulence, World-Series