October is baseball, and usually that puts everyone in the mood for Netflix sports documentaries. Sports fans flock to the stadiums to watch baseball history be written. In 2004 it got its own chapter. The ESPN 30 for 30 documentary entitled ‘4 Days in October’ recounts the historic run by the 2004 Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. Down three games in a series of seven, the New York Yankees needed to win one more game against the Boston Red Sox to advance to the World Series. The Boston Red Sox battled back to win four straight, something that has never been done in sports history. The Red Sox would go on to win the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals and end the 86-year championship drought that plagued them since selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1918. Watch interviews with players and fans recalling the emotions that went through them during the historical series.
Who is the greatest athlete of all time? If you say Michael Jordan then You don’t know Bo. In another ESPN 30 for 30 entitled ‘You don’t Know Bo’, it tells the story of Bo Jackson. The all-around greatest athlete. Coaches, teammates, and journalists chronicle his life and the stunning abilities he showed on the diamond and the gridiron. His short-lived career was filled with jaw-dropping highlights in both football and baseball until it abruptly ended too soon. From growing up in Alabama to playing in the NFL and MLB, it tells you everything you need to know about the man, the myth, and the legend. Bo Jackson.
For a different side of sports, and a story that isn’t often told, make sure to check out the documentary Game Face about LGBT athletes. Definitely has to go down as one of the most inspiring trans movies, and it definitely tells a story that isn’t covered enough.