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And now for something completely awesome: Rare Deadball Era footage

Jan 13, 2010, 6:20 AM EDT

Prepare yourself for the best ten minutes you’ll have today. Highlights from (roughly) 1909-1920.  Oh, and ask yourself at the 1:32 mark of the video: how much deader would the Deadball Era have been if they, you know, actually had a pitcher’s mound?

  1. The Common Man - Jan 13, 2010 at 6:46 AM

    Woke up early…sick as a dog. Hacking and coughing and feeling miserable. Thanks for turning my morning around, Craig. That was fun.

  2. The Common Man - Jan 13, 2010 at 6:56 AM

    By the way, how scary looking is Buck Weaver? He looks like he fell out of one of those “lost in the back woods of Appalacia and chased by a family of cannibals” movies. And to think, he’s only 28 years old in that video.

  3. Carroll - Jan 13, 2010 at 7:25 AM

    At about :50 the 3rd base coach does a great little dance. Thanks Craig, this also made my morning.

  4. GBSimons - Jan 13, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Great stuff, Craig. Thanks for the link.
    The shot of the “$100,000 Infield” made me wonder how soon the Yankees will have a “$100,000,000 Infield.” Oy, inflation!!

  5. Craig Calcaterra - Jan 13, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    I calculated last year that the Yankees infield would have technically become the “$100,000 infield” by, like, the third inning of the first game of the season, if you prorate salaries by inning.

  6. Scott - Jan 13, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    That’s how you start off a day properly. Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb? Awesome.
    Bonus points to whomever scored that to the Band of Brothers soundtrack. Great choice.
    Thanks, Craig.

  7. Matt - Jan 13, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    Just the fact this footage even exists 100 years later is incredible.
    And yeah – the Ty Cobb/Honus Wagner shot is mind-blowing.
    Thanks Craig!

  8. Andy H - Jan 13, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    Great video. I couldn’t place the music (thanks, Scott), but it seems maudlin and inappropriate to me.

  9. Chuck - Jan 13, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    The little bunny hops (by both run scorers) at around 2:05 were pretty funny. I wonder if that was the norm or if they were just being cute.

  10. bigcatasroma - Jan 13, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Not a lot of sliding to break up the double play or to beat the force out in the 1919 WS on the part of the Sox – not a common practice, or part of the whole “throwing-the-WS” type of evidence?

  11. willmose - Jan 13, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Awesome! Thanks for posting it.

  12. Moses Green - Jan 13, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    That’s an interesting idea. Someone should pay Mark Prior by the inning.

  13. VA_Friar - Jan 13, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    That’s got to be Hughie Jennings doing his famous little “Eeh Yah” dance.
    Great stuff.

  14. Charles Comiskey - Jan 13, 2010 at 9:56 AM


  15. Joe L. - Jan 13, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Seeing the uniformly suited and hatted men in the crowd made me think of the beginning of Billy Collins’ poem “Death of the Hat”:
    “Once every man wore a hat.
    In the ashen newsreels,
    the avenues of cities
    are broad rivers flowing with hats.
    The ballparks swelled
    with thousands of strawhats,
    brims and bands,
    rows of men smoking
    and cheering in shirtsleeves.”
    Fantastic footage. Thanks.

  16. Phil - Jan 13, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    That’s Tigers’ manager Hughie “Eeyah” Jennings, who played alongside John McGraw on the legendary 1890’s Oriole clubs. Now if you want to talk about cheating, let’s talk about those Orioles. 😉

  17. snArky Vaughn - Jan 13, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Great stuff, thanks.
    Anyone else check to see if “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was wearing shoes?

  18. Figz - Jan 13, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Did anyone else notice the “1904 World Champion New York Giants” line that popped up about 6 mins in? Is that technically correct as there was no series that year?

  19. Larry Richards - Jan 13, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Yeah the music was out of place but so what? This is incredible footage. Craig, did you find this on YouTube and just share it here? I want to know how and where I can obtain a copy?
    Thanks so much!

  20. kendynamo - Jan 13, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    are you kidding me? this is all so clearly staged. have you ever heard of hollywood magic before? you know that wasnt a real shark in jaws, right?

  21. Paul in KY - Jan 14, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    I’ll say one thing for those Giants: When they put up a banner, by God they put up a big one.
    Also thought Mr. Jackson had an interesting batting stance. Far back as he could stand with both legs completely together before opening them on the swing. I know it worked for him.

  22. s.f. - Jan 14, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Yes, I did notice the 1904 “World Champion” Giants. Self-claimed, no doubt.
    Also, Harry Davis was not a part of the A’s $100,000 Infield, although he was a coach on that 1914 team and that may be him in the footage. The first baseman of the $100,000 Infield — partnered with Baker, Barry and Collins — was Stuffy McInnis.

  23. MVD - Jan 15, 2010 at 4:51 AM

    Thank you Craig, that was awesome, just seeing Wagner, he was amazing. Thanks!

  24. free singing lessons - Jan 27, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  25. Ann Leahy - Jan 28, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Your blog is very informative…appreciate all the hard work!!!


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