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Video of the Day. Make that the Year: Color footage of the 1939 World Series

Jun 4, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

Found via Buzzfeed, the intro explains the context. But wowzers, the video speaks for itself. It’s simply … beautiful:

  1. youjivinmeturkey - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Reblogged this on "You Jivin' Me, Turkey?" and commented:
    This Is Simply AWESOME!
    I Love It!!!

  2. jgraening - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    I wasn’t aware they had cellphones that took video back in ’39. In all seriousness, this is pretty cool to watch.

  3. card0109 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Craig, you hit the nail on the head. That is beautiful.

  4. nolanwiffle - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Two things immediately come to mind:

    1) Human mortality…..few, if any, of those people in the video are still walking the face of the Earth
    2) Fedora salesmen in 1939 probably did OK for themselves

    • Dusty Baker Clogs the Dugout - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      I counter with my own two observations:

      1. The Yankees in the third base dugout?? Wild.
      2. The uniforms those groundskeepers have on are, in a word, incredible.

      • cur68 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

        Those were groundskeepers, eh? At first I thought Navy guys off a ship in time for a ballgame. Then Ice Cream Vendors. Then possibly visiting dignitaries from India or someplace hot with poor fashion sense. Never would have guessed groundskeepers. Think they’ll have Throwback Groundskeeper Uniform Day? That would be awesome.

    • mjames1229 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Maybe that explains the funeral dirge soundtrack?

      Loved the video, though.

    • areyesrn - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Whenever you see old American footage, seems like EVERYONE wore hats…when did that stop? the 70’s? 60’s?

      • samu0034 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        According to legend, January 21, 1961. Supposedly Kennedy didn’t wear a hat to his inauguration and from that point forward, men just stopped wearing hats. Though I’m pretty sure that has been largely debunked it remains a popular myth, and presumably they were fairly synchronous in time or the rumor wouldn’t have stuck.

      • nolanwiffle - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        …..though Jack Ruby was wearing one when he shot Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963.

  5. Tim OShenko - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    This is really sad but, cynic that I am, my one thought while watching that video was “how long before MLB forces the video taken down and sends the guy who posted it to a work camp in Siberia?”

  6. cur68 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Coolest thing I’ll look at all day. Did you see Moyer strolling to the dugout at about the 30 second mark? He looks exactly the same.

    • El Bravo - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      I’m still laughing at this…well done.

      • dexterismyhero - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        I’m using that line as I pass this on to friends…..Outstanding…..

  7. mybrunoblog - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Terrific old film. Being a Yankee fan and seeing the pre-renovated stadium is always cool.
    I love the fact that most of those apartment buildings and the court house you see beyond the stadium are still standing over 70 years later. Dam. I miss that stadium.

    • whatthehellisansky - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      As a 26 year old i’ve often said id do almost anything to go back in time to see just one game in that original stadium. In a way, I guess this video gets me one step closer..

  8. dexterismyhero - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Who was the guy on the pitchers mound with the long coattails goofing off?

    • natstowngreg - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Al Schacht, the original Clown Prince of Baseball.

  9. florida76 - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Anyone enjoying this footage should pick up the three dvd set of When it Was a Game, it is a bonanza of old home movies shot by fans many decades ago. It is fortunate these old films were preserved, after all these years for everyone to enjoy.

  10. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    This is terrific – thank you so much for sharing this. Amazing!

  11. hank10 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    And pajama-pants are nowhere to be found. Gorgeous footage.

  12. binkin21 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Wow. Words cant even begin to describe this…heart tugging and wowness

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