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Monday, December 17, 2012

Inabinett: Satchel Paige pitches again in rediscovered film footage (video)

The film brings to light one of those out-of-season games. It was shot at an exhibition game on Nov. 7, 1948, at Wrigley Field, at the time the home park of the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League (and later the setting for the TV series “Home Run Derby.”)

Paige is the lanky right-hander in the opening frame and several other shots interspersed throughout the footage of Hollywood types in the stands, a little game action and even the Goodyear blimp floating over.

The Film Archive obtained the 16mm film in a collection of footage from the Brooks estate in 1995. Curators initially thought they had nothing more than some typical pro game scenes until Lynne Kirste, the Special Collections curator, discovered that what they actually had was rare color footage of Paige in the 1 minute, 42 seconds of film.

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Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: December 17, 2012 at 03:18 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: hall of fame, negro leagues, satchel paige

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   1. Lassus Posted: December 17, 2012 at 07:04 PM (#4327251)
The only real bit of Paige's motion is at :50, and he actually looks pretty damn good as far as arm speed and ball leaving the hand. It doesn't seem sped up in frame rate.
   2. Rob_Wood Posted: December 17, 2012 at 08:22 PM (#4327303)
I have told this story before, but I saw Satchel pitch many times in the 1960's. I went to a lot of Cubs games and when he was a coach for the Atlanta Braves he warmed up in the bullpen every game. If I remember correctly, the Braves hired him so that he could get a major league pension. Also, although he was not on the active roster allegedly he thought (or so the newspapers reported) he was going to come into every game he warmed up for.
   3. Morty Causa Posted: December 17, 2012 at 09:45 PM (#4327351)
The quality of the film seems unusally good--everything is clear and defined. Of course, it was taken by a pro. Is the older man that is shown a number of times Louis B. Mayer? Looks like him.
   4. AndrewJ Posted: December 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM (#4327373)
Wrigley Field also stood in for Griffith Stadium in the movie version of Damn Yankees.

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