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Footage of the 1919 World Series discovered

May 6, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

Joe Jackson

“Discovered” is a loose term here. It was found in the early 70s when a cache of films was uncovered in the Yukon permafrost. But after it was labeled it was stashed away a preservation center in Quebec, operated by Library and Archives Canada. It said “1919 World Series” on it, but if you weren’t looking for it or weren’t a savvy enough baseball fan to know the significance of that series and the Black Sox scandal, you may have just passed it by.

Now the film, which is a British-Canadian newsreel of the event, has been uncovered and publicized. And here it is:

This way better than “Field of Dreams.” Not as good as “Eight Men Out.” Three of four stars.

(Thanks to reader Josh for the heads up)

  1. gosport474 - May 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Where have been CC? This is so last week.

    • greggmondo - May 6, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      A young Susan Waldman can be seen sitting in the stands.

  2. 18thstreet - May 6, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    I like that “fans” is in quotation marks.

    • happytwinsfan - May 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      As well it should be, a relatively new coined term.

      From Wikipedia:

      “The word first become popular in reference to baseball enthusiasts. (Fanatic itself, introduced into English around 1550, means “marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion”. It comes from the Modern Latin fanaticus, meaning “insanely but divinely inspired”. The word originally pertained to a temple or sacred place [Latin fanum, poetic English fane]. The modern sense of “extremely zealous” dates from around 1647; the use of fanatic as a noun dates from 1650.) However, the term “fancy” for an intense liking of something, while being of a different etymology, coincidentally carries a less intense but somewhat similar connotation to “fanatic”. The word emerged as an Americanism around 1889.”

  3. 18thstreet - May 6, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Both teams are lined up for the fray.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 6, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      Isn’t that Robbie Cano lollygagging on the bench

      • 18thstreet - May 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        I was hoping for a joke about the band, but I’ll allow it.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 6, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Is it OK to remain suspicious of these guys?

    • jm91rs - May 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      For 5 more years. There’s a 100 year expiration on these things.

      • derklempner - May 6, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        100-year expiration? Tell that to us Cubs fans.


  5. jkcalhoun - May 6, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    The Pathe aero-cameraman has been credited with discovering a major drawback of covering sporting events from an aeroplane: you pretty much have to keep those things moving forward all the time, or they fall out of the aer. Advantage: blimp.

  6. yankeesfanlen - May 6, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Obviously, ESPN and Fox Sports were somehow outbid for the rights by that upstart Pathe.

    • normcash - May 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      ESPN passed as the Series didn’t involve the Yankees or Red Sox.

      • TheMorningStar - May 6, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        Don’t neglect to also mention St. Louis or the Chicago Cubs.

  7. DelawarePhilliesFan - May 6, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    And see? There were no bat flips.

    Just sayin’

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      And everyone playing the game the right way. Well, OK, maybe not EVERYone…

      • dillongeeescapeplan - May 6, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        Lol, this comment is great.

  8. jolink653 - May 6, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Weird to see Cicotte pitching that Game 1 knowing that he was doing his best to lose. Would have been cool if they had the footage of him hitting the first Reds batter to signal to Rothstein and Abe Atell that the players were going through with the fix

  9. papalurchdxb - May 6, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    We should all sit back and admire the Respect for The Game the crowd shows – all dressed up in their suits and frocks. Brings a tear to McCann’s eye it does.

  10. papalurchdxb - May 6, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    We should all sit back and admire the Respect for The Game the crowd shows – all dressed up in their suits and frocks, polite applause and whatnot. Brings a tear to McCann’s eye it does.

  11. zdravit - May 6, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Is the camera on fire?

  12. nolanwiffle - May 6, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    The one constant through all the years , has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again.

    • jkcalhoun - May 6, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      I’m pretty sure Terence Mann didn’t have this particular World Series in mind when he said that.

      • nolanwiffle - May 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Who’s Terence Mann? I was simply expressing my own thoughts about the grand old game after viewing the video footage.

      • jkcalhoun - May 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        Terence Mann? Why, he’s America’s greatest living (?) ex-writer, fictional division.

      • jimbanks02 - May 6, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        And I’m sure you wrote “Th Boat Rocker” as well

    • happytwinsfan - May 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      I agree that baseball has been a constant, marking the time, but I don’t think everything back in 1919 was a time when all things were good and which can be again.

      In 1919 we were an apartheid society, women were either just starting to be allowed to vote, children were forced to work 12 hours a day and an influenza which killed tens of millions around the world was raging.

      • nolanwiffle - May 7, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        Well yeah, but there were still trace amounts of cocaine in every Coca-Cola.

  13. slickdemetrius - May 6, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Is this the video of Morganna planting a big juicy one on Swede Risberg?

  14. sophiethegreatdane - May 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    There’s no way “Eight Men Out” is a better movie than “Field of Dreams”. EMO is a poorly executed movie about a fascinating story.

  15. sophiethegreatdane - May 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    What was that awesome scoreboard thing they were watching in NY?

  16. Minoring In Baseball - May 7, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Add the footage to the Blu-Ray version of ‘Field of Dreams’….

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