1919 Black Sox World Series footage


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Jul 12, 2005
Ashburnham, MA
I have to agree with Pedro, the quality isn't half bad. If be interested to know how often games were filled to that level - there are clearly at least 4 or 5 cameras...


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Oct 31, 2003
Rockport, MA
There's so much smoke in the stands, you can't even see the field.

A lot of newspapers would sponsor those Game-day like devices back then.

Buckner's Boots

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Apr 28, 2006
The Path of the Beam
Interesting to note that at about the 3:20 mark, where Ed Cicotte blows up, he doesn't back up the plate. Does anyone know whether that was a part of the game at that point, or if it's symptomatic of the fix being in?


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Nov 14, 2005
 Hard to tell which team is up but it looks to me that there is an error on a bunt that is thrown into CF around 55 sec.
Great to see this footage.   

Al Zarilla

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Dec 8, 2005
San Andreas Fault
At about 3:45 during the Reds 5 run inning, there is a meeting at the mound in which the White Sox could be discussing whether they were blowing it hard enough. "Ah, we giv'em 5 runs now, I can't keep groovin' 'em anymore. Won't look right".  


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Jul 14, 2005
Vancouver Island
SABR's Jacob Pomrenke offers more description of that point in the film:
A quick 3-second clip beginning at the 3:06 mark of the video online appears to be one of the most disputed plays of the World Series, one of the plays famously circled by sports writer Hugh Fullerton on his scorecard in the press box: the botched double play ball hit by the Reds' Larry Kopf and fielded by White Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte in the fourth inning.
Cicotte was said to have made "a dazzling play" to field the ball, but Swede Risberg was unable to turn the double play. At full speed, the play doesn't appear to be unusually suspicious and it is impossible to tell with any certainty whether Cicotte's throw to Swede Risberg at second base was too low or too slow, or whether Risberg delayed in making the double-play throw to Chick Gandil at first base. But according to the Chicago Tribune account of the game afterward, the Reds' 5-run rally in that inning "hung on the toenail" of Kopf beating the throw to first.
Only one thing is for sure: All three of the White Sox players involved in that play later admitted to receiving bribe money from gamblers to fix the World Series.
At the 3:26 mark, a series of successive clips shows the Reds scoring those five runs in the fourth inning of Game One with hard-hit balls to the outfield off Cicotte by Ivy Wingo (3:26), Morrie Rath (3:30), and Jake Daubert (3:35). On the Daubert single, which gave Cincinnati a 6-1 lead and knocked Cicotte out of the game, Gandil makes a lunging catch near the pitcher's mound to cut off Shano Collins' throw from right field. Then the film cuts to a conference at the mound where Cicotte is about to be yanked by manager Kid Gleason.
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