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Sunday, August 24, 2008

The King of England watches a baseball game - 1920 film (Video)

“Me? I was a lousy king.”

An interesting slice of history that took place in 1920, when the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy baseball teams played each other in London. King George V, grandfather of the current Queen Elizabeth, has trouble following the sport, then meets the players and an umpire, who he recognizes as a fellow autocrat (says the cheeky title card). For some reason, the camera man neglected to film any of the action on the field, but no matter, it’s enough to see the people who were there that day. One of them is Sir Thomas Lipton, son of Glasgow who founded the Lipton Tea dynasty and challenged for the America’s Cup five times. He and the others in his party seem most amused at being filmed, which was a novelty back then. The Great War had only been over for two years, so diversions such as this were probably very welcome for Londoners.

Repoz Posted: August 24, 2008 at 02:37 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: August 24, 2008 at 02:48 PM (#2914530)
This is why King Ralph is the greatest British monarch since James I.
   2. Enrico Pallazzo Posted: August 24, 2008 at 03:13 PM (#2914540)
I've always wanted to step into a dead ball era or a Ruth era uniform and play ball. No helmets or uniform numbers, spitballs, crappy gloves, baltimore chops and the like. A man can dream.
   3. AndrewJ Posted: August 24, 2008 at 03:25 PM (#2914546)
Neat! My great-uncle Ed was Annapolis, '21, captained the Navy baseball team and coached them in the mid-1920s along with Chief Bender -- he would have been there.
   4. jwb Posted: August 24, 2008 at 03:29 PM (#2914548)
The group of Europeans who were in Chicago on business a few months ago and went to Wrigley seemed to have had more fun.
   5. winnipegwhip Posted: August 24, 2008 at 03:38 PM (#2914552)
The Great War had only been over for two years, so diversions such as this were probably very welcome for Londoners.


Yep George and his brood had suffered so much letting 'commoners' fight the Hun and destroy his inbred relatives empires on the mainland.
   6. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: August 24, 2008 at 03:49 PM (#2914555)
The Great War had only been over for two years, so diversions such as this were probably very welcome for Londoners.



Yep George and his brood had suffered so much letting 'commoners' fight the Hun and destroy his inbred relatives empires on the mainland.


Spare us. That quote implied nothing of the kind.
   7. Francoeur Sans Gages (AlouGoodbye) Posted: August 24, 2008 at 04:05 PM (#2914560)
I've always wanted to step into a dead ball era or a Ruth era uniform and play ball. No helmets or uniform numbers, spitballs, crappy gloves, baltimore chops and the like. A man can dream.
The classic.
   8. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: August 24, 2008 at 04:09 PM (#2914563)
His great-grandchildren should be taken away.
   9. Flynn Posted: August 24, 2008 at 04:29 PM (#2914570)
I wonder if he said what my girlfriend said: "It's much better than cricket!"
   10. Swedish Chef Posted: August 24, 2008 at 04:53 PM (#2914582)
For some reason, the camera man neglected to film any of the action on the field,

I blame Fox Sports.
   11. BaseballObscura Posted: August 24, 2008 at 05:20 PM (#2914594)
Too bad they cut away before the part where A-Rod declared free agency.
   12. Enrico Pallazzo Posted: August 24, 2008 at 05:36 PM (#2914604)
The classic.

Haha I've seen that one before. Conan is a legend. Here's to hoping they don't ruin his style when he's on the Tonight Show.

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