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By admin Published: October 14, 2009

From the folks at Major League Baseball:

For the first time ever, all 65 years worth of official World Series films will be available as a complete package in a new DVD set.

With a foreword by 19-time Emmy winner Bob Costas of MLB Network and framed in a 58-page book tracing memorable World Series moments dating back to 1903, the collection includes more than 50 hours of historic programming on 20 DVDs.

First commissioned by the U.S. State Department in 1943 to entertain the troops overseas, the official World Series film by MLB Productions has evolved over the years into the definitive historical record of the Fall Classic, and a must-have keepsake for fans.

The set will hit stores on November 10, but can be pre-ordered through MLB.com.

Suggested retail price is $229 in stores, but $179 if you order it now from MLB.com. The videos vary in length; the early ones, according to an MLB rep, are newsreel-like and run about 20 minutes, while the more recent ones -- which are released annually after the Series -- are in the 60-90 minute range.

Also, Fox is promising earlier start times for ALCS and World Series games this year. Details after the jump.

From Fox:
FOX Sports’ exclusive coverage of two of Major League Baseball’s premier postseason events, the American League Championship Series and World Series begins this Friday, October 16th (7:30 PM ET) when the New York Yankees host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Game 1 of the ALCS. This year marks the networks 14th straight as a television home for postseason baseball and the 2009 Fall Classic will be FOX’s 10th consecutive of the event and 12th overall.

This year’s ALCS and World Series games begin earlier than in recent years with coverage starting at 7:30 PM ET on most days. The last time a regularly-scheduled World Series game played during the week (Mon-Fri) started before 8:00 PM ET was 38 years ago when the Baltimore Orioles faced the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 5 of the 1971 World Series. Coverage on FOX begins with the MLB on FOX pregame show hosted by Chris Rose at 7:30 PM ET for weeknight games with first pitch scheduled for 7:57 PM ET. Rose is joined each night by analyst Eric Karros and Mark Grace from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles. The World Series will now have the earliest start time of any U.S. major sports championship excluding the Super Bowl.

“Prime time postseason games on FOX have always been scheduled for a window that maximizes the potential audience from coast to coast,” said FOX Sports President Ed Goren. “The fact is that over the last few years, games have been ending a bit later than we’d like. This new schedule, made possible through the cooperation of our stations, affiliates and Major League Baseball, should help fans of all ages see weeknight games from start to finish.” ...

AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Schedule Subject to Change/All Times Eastern
DATE GAME LOCATION TIME

Friday, Oct. 16 GAME 1 Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct. 17 GAME 2 Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY 7:30 PM
Monday, Oct. 19 GAME 3 Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA 4:00 PM
Tuesday, Oct. 20 GAME 4 Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA 7:30 PM
*Thursday, Oct. 22 GAME 5 Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA 7:30 PM
**Saturday, Oct. 24 GAME 6 Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY 4:00 PM
*Sunday, Oct. 25 GAME 7 Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY 8:00 PM

105th WORLD SERIES
Schedule Subject to Change/All Times Eastern
DATE GAME LOCATION TIME

Wednesday, Oct. 28 GAME 1 American League City 7:30 PM

Thursday, Oct. 29 GAME 2 American League City 7:30 PM

Saturday, Oct. 31 GAME 3 National League City 7:30 PM

Sunday, Nov. 1 GAME 4 National League City 8:00 PM

*Monday, Nov. 2 GAME 5 National League City 7:30 PM

*Wednesday, Nov. 4 GAME 6 American League City 7:30 PM

*Thursday, Nov. 5 GAME 7 American League City 7:30 PM

* If necessary

** Game moves to 7:30 PM if NLCS ends prior to or on 10/23

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