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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Basehall Hall of Fame: Babe’s on Film: New research confirms earliest known moving images of Ruth in Yankee uniform

As the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum finishes its preparations for the opening of the new Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend exhibit on June 13, senior curator Tom Shieber has identified what he believes to be the earliest known footage of Ruth in a Yankee uniform.

Shieber, who received the 36-second clip from the University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections in December 2013, was recently able to date the footage. He has confirmed the video was filmed just months after Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees in late 1919.

“I’ve seen a lot of Ruth footage, and this is the earliest Ruth footage in a Yankee uniform I’ve ever seen,” Shieber said.

The clip shows Ruth taking batting practice before a Spring Training game in Miami, Fla., in 1920.

“It’s really fun to see his swing because he changed batting stances throughout his career,” Shieber said. “He has a very closed stance, which was rare for that time period.”

bobm Posted: June 19, 2014 at 03:40 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dave Spiwak Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM (#4730340)
Link to video here.

Pretty neat video -- you get to see the Babe down in Miami c. 1920 -- and there's also a lively game of pepper going on in the background.
   2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4730344)
carlos gomez would approve of the hearty swings being taken. particularly when the babe almost falls down as he completes that one swing. that's a carlos special.
   3. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4730345)
The footage is of excellent quality. Another surprise discovery!
   4. BDC Posted: June 19, 2014 at 11:29 AM (#4730400)
If nothing else, this clip should erode the idea that Ruth was some fat slob. He clearly got to camp in 1920 in the best shape of his life :)
   5. bjhanke Posted: June 19, 2014 at 11:32 PM (#4731208)
Just to ask, is there any footage of Ruth in a Red Sox uniform? - Brock Hanke
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 20, 2014 at 06:00 AM (#4731265)
Just to ask, is there any footage of Ruth in a Red Sox uniform? - Brock Hanke

Who would ever want to see that? (/ducks)
   7. tfbg9 Posted: June 20, 2014 at 10:03 AM (#4731358)
5-there's a clip I have seen that shows Babe peeking around what looks like an outfield gate door.

In the same way that bands are at their coolest right before they break, the skinny, 1918-19 hybrid-proto Ruth is the nazz.
   8. AROM Posted: June 20, 2014 at 10:24 AM (#4731376)
I wonder if there is any film of Ruth with the Red Sox.

I'm there is nothing of his time with the Baltimore Orioles. The coolest thing ever would be to discover film of his first professional (and only minor league) homerun, hit as a visiting player in Toronto. 100 years ago, though I'm not sure the exact date.
   9. . . . . . . . . . . Posted: June 20, 2014 at 10:45 AM (#4731394)
Ruth didn't get cheated, did he? Those are some Happy Gilmore-esque swings.
   10. SBB, Live from the Alt-Center Posted: June 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM (#4731398)
I love how close together he keeps his feet in his stance, and how he spits on his right hand before his third swing to get a better grip.
   11. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 20, 2014 at 11:01 AM (#4731411)
The coolest thing ever would be to discover film of his first professional (and only minor league) homerun, hit as a visiting player in Toronto. 100 years ago, though I'm not sure the exact date.

September 5, 1914. And it didn't even rate a mention in the game report.

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