On Wednesday July 13th, baseball will be heavily featured on premium cable channels HBO and Showtime. At 9PM ET HBO will run The Curious Case of Curt Flood, a documentary on the man who blazed the trail for free agency in baseball. HBO’s website has a preview here that indicates that Flood’s battle with baseball will be framed in an extremely strong historical context.

Later that evening, at 10PM ET, Showtime will show the first episode of the reality series The Franchise which follows the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants into and through the 2011 season. This team is reality-series ready with personalities that can stand up to any in baseball’s storied history of characters.

Last year, against amazing odds, the Giants put it all together on the field and won it all. In the playoffs they sent Bobby Cox into retirement, stared down Roy Halladay and the Phillies and ultimately quieted the thunderous bats of the Rangers in five games.

This series promises to be entertaining and if you’ve been following along this season, there has already been plenty of drama that has unfolded on and off the field. Showtime’s cameras were there for all of it.

With the other two major sports leagues closed for business, baseball’s readily available this summer, even on premium cable channels.