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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Baseball Researcher: Some Very Fortunate Footage

Footage of Babe Ruth’s first game back in 1925 is interesting, but perhaps not worth blogging about. However, it was not this portion of the film that excited me. Instead, it was other footage, shot earlier that same day, that caught my attention. This pre-game footage showed Ruth taking batting practice, tossing the ball around and posing for the camera in front of the Yankees dugout. Here’s are a pair of frames from this section of footage [...]

Behind Ruth, at far left, is a familiar Yankees player: Lou Gehrig. The previous season, Lou had a breakout year with Hartford of the Eastern League, batting.369 with 37 homers in 134 games. But at the moment we see Lou on the bench behind Ruth, Gehrig had played just 11 games with the 1925 Yankees, posting a meager .174 average while seeing intermittent action as an outfielder and pinch-hitter.

That afternoon, just two innings after the Ruth ground out captured on film, Gehrig was sent to pinch-hit for shortstop Pee Wee Wanninger. Lou flied out to Goose Goslin in left field.  But more importantly, it was the first game in which he had participated in four days. The next day, Gehrig started at first base, went 3-for-5 at the plate, and didn’t take another day off until May 2, 1939.

bobm Posted: April 19, 2014 at 05:43 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: babe ruth, film, lou gehrig, yankees

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   1. Baseballs Most Beloved Figure Posted: April 19, 2014 at 09:59 PM (#4689409)
Link is not working.
   2. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 19, 2014 at 10:12 PM (#4689420)
Also, wasn't this posted here already?
   3. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM (#4689441)
yes, it was
   4. valuearbitrageur Posted: April 20, 2014 at 12:28 AM (#4689469)
Let's agree to post no more Ruth footage unless someone uncovers his home made pornos.

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