Weekly TV Picks
SUNDAY, JULY 25
Baseball Hall of Fame Ceremonies
ESPN Classic, 1:30 p.m., live; ESPN2, 6 p.m., highlights
Baseball's storied hall admits Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley to its pantheon of all-time heroes. Nearly 50 Hall of Famers will be on hand to salute Molitor, who piled up 3,319 hits as he batted .306 over 21 seasons, and “The Eck,” the only hurler to amass at least 100 wins and 100 saves.
The Loretta Young Show
Familyland TV, 9 p.m.
They should make 'em like this nowadays. Glamorous Catholic actress Loretta Young hosted this classic 30-minute drama show on NBC from 1953 to 1961. She appeared in just over half of the plays, and Catholic actor Ricardo Montalban and many more leading men and ladies guest-starred. At the end of each show, Young read poetry or verses from Scripture to reinforce the drama's lessons about life and love.
MON.-THU., JULY 26-29
Classroom: California, Here We Come
History Channel, 6 a.m. daily
These four installments cover prehistory through the Franciscan missions, the secularization period and Yankee influx, the Gold Rush and on up to modern times.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28
Discovery Channel, 9 p.m.
Ships that haul cargo stored in large containers are so massive nowadays that ports must modify themselves in order to accommodate them.
THURSDAY, JULY 29
In the Name of Science
Discovery Channel, 10 p.m.
Four scientists see if they can turn a trailer into a rocket.
SATURDAY, JULY 31
Solanus Casey: Priest, Porter, Prophet
EWTN, 5:30 p.m.
Bernard Francis Casey (1870-1957) and his brothers formed a complete baseball team in their youth. As a prison guard for a brief time, “Barney” helped convert Wild West desperado Cole Younger into going straight for the rest of his life. Finding his vocation as a Capuchin priest, Barney, now Father Solanus, became known as a kind and humble miracle-worker of great sanctity who influenced untold thousands of people - and remained a Detroit Tigers fan to the end.
SATURDAY, JULY 31
IR: Return to the Killing Fields
A&E, 6 p.m.
In this Investigative Reports episode, Bill Kurtis visits Cambodia to assess the aftermath of the genocide committed there between 1975 and 1979. In a crime against humanity that embodied every bit of the megalomania, insane ideology and blood lust that is atheistic communist totalitarianism, the Khmer Rouge (“Red Khmer”) drove everyone out of the cities into slave labor camps and murdered several million men, women and children in an attempt to create a Marxist society. Advisory: TV PG.
Dan Engler writes from Santa Barbara, California.
- July 25-August 7, 2004