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      Baseball Spring Training, the 1937 New York Yankees and the World Series, plus a 1953 Lefty Gomez interview are all part of a new 41-minute B & W video now available from Rare Sportsfilms! For the first time ever, the game-action highlights and story of the 1937 World Series is available on home video! Rare Sportsfilms has gathered most of the existing 1937 baseball footage from several sources and edited it together in sequence, making it now possible to see more 1937 baseball action at one time than has ever been available before!

      This combination of sound and silent film is now fully narrated to identify players and game situations and begins with a run-down on Spring Training news of 1937. Scenes filmed from various Spring Training camps by professional news photographers show in order: the Pirates at San Bernardino with Manager Pie Traynor, coach Honus Wagner, and pitcher Waite Hoyt. Cubs at Catalina Island with manager Charlie Grimm, pitchers Bill Lee, Curt Davis, Larry French, Tex Carleton, Charlie Root, and catcher Gabby Hartnett. White Sox at Brookside Park, Pasadena, with manager Jimmy Dykes. The Red Sox arrive by train at Sarasota, pitcher Lefty Grove. Boston Bees at Waterfront Park, St. Pete, with manager Bill McKechnie and coach Hank Gowdy. New York Yankees at Miller Huggins Field, St. Pete, with manager Joe McCarthy, Tony Lazzeri, Earle Combs, Lefty Gomez, Monty Pearson, Bill Dickey, George Selkirk, and trainer "Doc" Painter.

      After this 10-minute segment, a piece specifically on the 1937 Yankees is included, showing Yankee Spring Training in more detail and including a brief look at the 1937 World Series. Next is the major part of the 1937 World Series, including pre-game closeups of the managers, celebrities and the two ballparks. (The total World Series footage runs a full 13 minutes.) Fascinating parts include several different views of Joe DiMaggio's first World Series home run (4 different shots show the homer from 4 different angles), the Yankees knocking out Carl Hubbell in game 1, the Giants victory in game 4 and the argument involving umpire Bill Stewart, coach Art Fletcher, McCarthy and Lou Gehrig. Great scenes inside the victorious Yankee locker room show young Joe DiMaggio and veteran Lou Gehrig.

      The final segment of this video is a 1953 interview with one of the stars of the 1930's Yankee ballclubs and especially the 1937 World Series, Lefty Gomez. In this rare interview with Marty Glickman, Lefty looks back 16 years to the 1937 series and discusses the "airplane watching incident", his big hit in the final game of the series and the great relief work of ace fireman Johnny Murphy. He compares the early 30's Yankee ball clubs with those of the late 30's and selects his choice as the best of those Yankee teams. Lefty comments about Babe Ruth's "called shot" and after naming some of the great American League hitters he faced, picks out the toughest batter to fool that he faced during his career. The interview ends with yet another different look at the 1937 World Series highlights.

      Now you can get your own copy of this historic baseball footage now available on video for only $29.95 + $5.00 shipping and handling (Illinois residents add $2.00 sales tax).

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