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MLB network to air footage of the Big Train, the Georgia Peach and the Sultan of Swat

Mar 14, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

Walter Johnson

This is neat: The MLB Network got its hand on some rare 9.5mm footage of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson warming up at an event at Yankee Stadium in 1924. There’s a small snippet of it in this promo here, though you have to watch Harold Reynolds and Al Leiter farting around for a minute before you see it.

The footage seems to be in great condition and shows shows several slow motion shots of Ruth’s and Cobb’s swings and Johnson’s side-arm delivery. A delivery that — despite his and Randy Johnson’s outrageous velocity, unmatched success and uncommon durability with it — I am shocked more pitchers don’t use.

The footage will air in its entirety on the MLB Network tonight at 6PM Eastern 7PM Eastern. Now would be a good time for me to vent my anger that my cable company is terrible and does not carry the MLB Network and that it ought to be ashamed of itself.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Mar 14, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Craig, of all people not to have the MLB network? Do we need to stage a million man-ish HBT march you local cable office to help you resolve that problem? We can make signs….maybe t-shirts too…..

    • BC - Mar 14, 2011 at 10:18 AM

      Dude, get a dish!

  2. yankeesfanlen - Mar 14, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Even the Dolans provide us with the MLB network. Perhaps they’re afraid we’d bring some aroma from Secaucus through the Lincoln Tunnel and release it in Madison Square Garden and make it even worse.
    Ohio State in 6 games…..oh, that’s now how it works?

  3. The Common Man/ - Mar 14, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Saw the commercials for this over the weekend, and Reynolds and Leiter promise to “break down” the swings and motions of Ruth, Cobb, and Johnson. Thank god somebody’s finally set to point out the mechanical flaws in their games before it’s too late. I bet each of these guys have a heck of a career ahead of him.

  4. redheadedbastard - Mar 14, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    It would be awesome if MLB Network had footage of Johnson vs. Cobb and Johnson vs. Ruth.

  5. Jonny 5 - Mar 14, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Awesome……. Thanks for the info.

    You live in a communist state with no real liberties if they can deny you access to MLB network. That’s all I have to say about that…

  6. dexterismyhero - Mar 14, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    AT&T Uverse is awesome……………..If you can get it……………And BTW why would we need Reynolds & Leiter to break anything down? They are a couple of Goobers…….Just sayin…..

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