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Rare Baseball Films: The Newsreels

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Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron

Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs

Hoover throwing out the first pitch

Hoover throwing out the first pitch

Rare Baseball Films: The Newsreels
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 7 PM
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 7 PM

Just in time for baseball season, Rare Baseball Films returns for its 10th year. This year, like in 2012, the program draws on newsreels from the Hearst Metrotone News Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Before televisions became a fixture in homes, these newsreels allowed fans to actually watch players from around the country in action. Come out and see such greats as Joe DiMaggio, Christy Mathewson, Willie Mays, and Roger Maris, footage from the Negro and Japanese leagues, elephants playing baseball, and more. (app. 120 mins, video)

Special thanks to Todd Wiener and Steven Hill of the UCLA Film & Television Archive for their assistance with this program.

Mark your calendars for another baseball-focused program on May 16, when we’ll screen vintage This Is Your Life episodes featuring Roy Campanella, Casey Stengel, and Satchel Paige.

Cosponsored by Ohio State's Department of Recreational Sports Outdoor Adventure Center.

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