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Sports Illustrated TV has inked a licencing deal with Major League Baseball (MLB) that will give it access to MLB’s library of games, documentaries and shows.

Nolan ryan 17 may 2018“Baseball is one of the most beloved sports, and forming this relationship with MLB to air acquired games and shows from their library, as well as make original compelling documentaries together, will allow SI TV to provide the most well-rounded experience for baseball fans,” said Josh Oshinsky, head of programming at SI TV .

The arrangement also includes a co-production deal for two original long-form documentaries.  SI TV will also curate MLB games that range from iconic moments to recent classics. The first games to air on SI TV will be dubbed Ace’s Choice, a reference to top pitchers, chosen by four Hall-of-Fame pitchers: Nolan Ryan, Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson.

These are, respectively: May 1, 1991, Arlington Stadium, Rangers 3, Blue Jays 0 (when Ryan pitched his seventh no-hitter in a moment that solidified him as the most successful pitcher of all time); Oct. 28, 1995, Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Braves 1, Indians 0; May 28, 2000, Yankee Stadium, Red Sox 2, Yankees 0; and Oct. 2, 1995, The Kingdome, Mariners 9, Angels 1

The co-production deal will focus on documentaries. The first film, 14 Back, is in production and will be helmed by 11-time Emmy award-winning director/producer Jonathan Hock. It covers the Red Sox-Yankees 1978 American League East tiebreaker game, which cemented baseball’s greatest rivalry and produced a pennant race by which all others are measured. Even 40 years after the Yankees and Red Sox vied for a chance to play in the ’78 Fall Classic, their battle both on and off the field during that summer and fall has arguably never been equalled.

Details of the second co-production will be announced at a later date, SI TV said.