The Babe in color.

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This is amazing. Look at how loose and smooth the Babe's arm is! Look at how Pipp steps halfway out to the mound as he strides!
 

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Love seeing League Park. It's still there (parts of it anyway) in a completely residential neighborhood with the baseball heritage museum and high school ball field. I've been there for a presentation about Alta Weiss, the female pro pitcher from my neck of the woods, who once sold out an exhibition game at League Park. It was well east of downtown, but Frank Robinson owned the streetcar line in addition to Cleveland's National League franchise, so he made good money shuttling people to the games. He's also the $@(&# who later purchased the St. Louis team, moved all his talented players there, and left Cleveland with the the 1899 Spiders.
 

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Babe’s “home run” was more likely a foul pop up to the 1B.
Love seeing League Park. It's still there (parts of it anyway) in a completely residential neighborhood with the baseball heritage museum and high school ball field. I've been there for a presentation about Alta Weiss, the female pro pitcher from my neck of the woods, who once sold out an exhibition game at League Park. It was well east of downtown, but Frank Robinson owned the streetcar line in addition to Cleveland's National League franchise, so he made good money shuttling people to the games. He's also the $@(&# who later purchased the St. Louis team, moved all his talented players there, and left Cleveland with the the 1899 Spiders.
The RF fence looked like it was 250 ft away from home.

edit - ha, Slamminsammya posted while I was watching.

edit 2 - also, the whole thing was created more recently right? How would a contemporary newsreel know Carl Mays was “last of the underhand pitchers”?
 
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Super cool video. Strangely for me, seeing the tarp being brought out and then taken off was probably the biggest part where the “timelessness” baseball was exhibited. I would not have guessed that they used tarps on fields back then.
 

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Super cool video. Strangely for me, seeing the tarp being brought out and then taken off was probably the biggest part where the “timelessness” baseball was exhibited. I would not have guessed that they used tarps on fields back then.
But the players handled the tarp, which is a practice long gone.
 

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Notice also: (1) how much the batters move out of the box when they swing and (2) those gloves, without connected fingers. The first baseman's mitt is a modified catcher's mitt; I remember those back in the late 40s -early 50s
 

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The amount of movement in the box for everyone's swing was striking. Everyone was Ichiro, except they were swinging giant tree trunks. They'd obviously get eaten up by modern pitching using that technique, but I feel like most of those guys would have the hand eye coordination to learn how to hit in any era.
 

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Thank you for sharing this - its amazing. As others have noted, its a testament to how athletic Ruth and the others were given all the wasted energy in their swings etc.
 

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A biopic where Ruth is actually depicted as a great athlete and not a slobbering John Goodman-type beer league oaf would be cool. Maybe something focusing on the last few Boston seasons and beginning of the Yankee ones, with good baseball action scenes like in 42.
 

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A biopic where Ruth is actually depicted as a great athlete and not a slobbering John Goodman-type beer league oaf would be cool. Maybe something focusing on the last few Boston seasons and beginning of the Yankee ones, with good baseball action scenes like in 42.
In book form, Robert Creamer came closest to a sober historical account of Ruth.

View: https://www.amazon.com/Babe-Legend-Comes-Robert-Creamer/dp/067176070X/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Robert+Creamer&qid=1626541370&s=books&sr=1-2
 
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Love seeing League Park. It's still there (parts of it anyway) in a completely residential neighborhood with the baseball heritage museum and high school ball field. I've been there for a presentation about Alta Weiss, the female pro pitcher from my neck of the woods, who once sold out an exhibition game at League Park. It was well east of downtown, but Frank Robinson owned the streetcar line in addition to Cleveland's National League franchise, so he made good money shuttling people to the games. He's also the $@(&# who later purchased the St. Louis team, moved all his talented players there, and left Cleveland with the the 1899 Spiders.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Robison
Frank Robinson and Cleveland are cemented in baseball history. I finally figured it out.
 

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For the sake of maybe just me, this is "colorized" footage. I really don't like it but ymmv. None of this was filmed in color.
Artistic license and a lack of variety. It's... interesting but fake as fake can be.
 

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There is legit color footage of his next to last game with the Braves though. It was this game https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI193505290.shtml he went 0-2 with 2 walks, an RBI and 1 run scored. Then the next day he grounded out to 1b in the first, wrenched his knee or something in the OF when the Phillies were up and came out of the game. Then it was over. The ceremony at the start was cause it was Babe Ruth day, and the Phillies presented him with gifts.

View: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iaRWR-y0BuQ
 
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There is legit color footage of his next to last game with the Braves though. It was this game https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI193505290.shtml he went 0-2 with 2 walks, an RBI and 1 run scored. Then the next day he grounded out to 1b in the first, wrenched his knee or something in the OF when the Phillies were up and came out of the game. Then it was over. The ceremony at the start was cause it was Babe Ruth day, and the Phillies presented him with gifts.

View: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iaRWR-y0BuQ
Both the Phillies and Braves, like many teams at the time, were wearing jersey numbers with the MacAuliffe font (used only by the Red Sox nowadays).