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NFT: Deadball Era Baseball Game Footage (1900-1920)...

M.S. : 5/12/2018 8:47 am
...evocative film from a bygone era.

You gotta check out the third base coach around the :45 second mark. He holds up the runner, extending both arms forward, and then produces the sweetest soft shoe pirouette I've ever seen on the baseball field. I don't know his name, but I'm sure you'll find him in Heaven... still dancing!

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Great Clip  
Percy : 5/12/2018 9:32 am : link
Loved it. Thanks!
Wow, very cool  
MadPlaid : 5/12/2018 9:37 am : link
Footage from 1919 Blacksox series was really neat. Noticed a shot of Judge Mountain Landis at the series. Appropriate.

Honus Wagner was a beast in comparison to Ty Cobb. He must have looked huge playing shortstop.
Thank you for sharing......  
GiantBlue : 5/12/2018 10:43 am : link
Interesting to see the 6:30 or so point of the clip where the 1904 Giants are walking toward the dugout and the big sign out in center field for "Wilson Whiskey". I know back in the day beer and alcohol (and tobacco) were big advertisers for baseball......But now it is almost reserved for beer advertisers like Bud and Coors. Tobacco and hard spirits are not to be seen.

Loved the video!
Awesome video, thanks for posting!  
mfsd : 5/12/2018 10:56 am : link
Love seeing Shoeless Joe’s batting stance, starting with his feet different than today’s game

And all that tobacco ain’t doing Buck Weaver’s teeth any favors

Hundreds of fans on the field after driving on the field pregame...such a different era
stirrups the way uniforms are meant to be worn  
gtt350 : 5/12/2018 11:45 am : link
RE: stirrups the way uniforms are meant to be worn  
Jim in Fairfax : 5/12/2018 11:56 am : link
In comment 13961740 gtt350 said:

If I wear em, can I play on your lawn?
dorgan was there  
Larry in Pencilvania : 5/12/2018 11:56 am : link
he can tell you all about it
that was great  
Steve in South Jersey : 5/12/2018 12:01 pm : link
thanks for posting
Cow pastures,  
old man : 5/12/2018 12:31 pm : link
Bull-pens, Cincy Redlegs( as opposed to the Boston Red Stockings), no uni #s,HOFers,etc. I may have missed it but wanted to see spikes up slides.
None the less, I love vintage, for us over 60 that's the 40s or <.
Thank you.
the good old days  
bluepepper : 5/12/2018 3:19 pm : link
when players weren't pampered or spoiled by big salaries and didn't complain when opponents slid hard or pitchers brushed them back. This is the way they game was meant to be played....oh wait, the 1919 White Sox threw the World Series for a few thousand bucks. Oh, well still nice to see these old films.
RE: RE: stirrups the way uniforms are meant to be worn  
section125 : 5/12/2018 5:31 pm : link
In comment 13961747 Jim in Fairfax said:
In comment 13961740 gtt350 said:



If I wear em, can I play on your lawn?

Of course. Lawns were meant to be played on.
Love these films.  
section125 : 5/12/2018 5:52 pm : link
True treasures these old films...
A wonky observation:  
81_Great_Dane : 5/13/2018 1:01 am : link
In that era, there was no standard frame rate. A lot of film was shot at 14, 16, 18 frames per second. When it's played back at 24 frames per second, the standard introduced with sound in the late 1920s, you get that speeded-up "silent movie" look. That mostly wasn't how those films were meant to be seen, or how they were shown at the time.

Those slower frame rates have more motion blur in each frame, not ideal for sports, but they're not supposed to look speeded up and jumpy.

In that compilation some clips look normal, some look speeded up. That drives me nuts. But that's 'cause I'm kind of a wonk on that stuff.

Those 1904 NY Giants sweaters are fantastic. The Mets should try something like that. Or at least try selling them. I would love to see some of that footage restored, with the scratches and noise taken out.

Did you catch Christy Mathewson in the Giants footage? My great-uncle, long dead now, told me he saw Christy Mathewson's last game at the Polo Grounds. I have some reason to doubt whether it was the LAST game, but I believe he saw Mathewson pitch.

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