1941 & 1945
"BASEBALL FLAG CHASERS"
"Baseball Flag Chasers" is a look at, first the players of the early 1940's, then the 1945 Yankees, Giants and Dodgers in Spring Training - three vintage B & W films, now all on one video!
This 42-minute video opens with the film "Public Sport #1". It's a look at the National League players of the 1941 season, mostly showing them in nice closeups, rather than in game-action. The players demonstrate batting, pitching and fielding during this nostalgic look at baseball in 1941. Shown are 22-game winner Whitlow Wyatt and batting champion Pete Reiser of the Brooklyn Dodgers, catcher Harry Danning, Mel Ott and first baseman Babe Young of the New York Giants, Mort Cooper, Terry Moore and Johnny Mize (HR) of the Cardinals, Billy Herman and Stan Hack of the Cubs, coach Honus Wagner and Frank Gustine of the Pirates and third baseman Pinky May of the Phillies.
Seen next is another National League film "Big League Baseball", which was released in 1944, but which shows mostly the stars of 1939, 1940 and 1941. The film is in the same general format as above, with the following players shown: Carl Hubbell, Bucky Walters, Bill Lee, Jim Tobin of the Pirates, Dizzy Dean and Gabby Hartnett of the Cubs, Al Lopez, Dolph Camilli of Brooklyn, Frank McCormick of Cincinnati, Pinky May of the Phils, DP combos Leo Durocher and Pete Coscarart of Brooklyn and Dick Bartell and Billy Herman of the Cubs. Also shown are Joe Moore of the Giants, Curt Davis, Joe Medwick, Pepper Martin and N.L. batting champ Johnny Mize of the Cardinals, Joe Marty of the Phils, Debs Garms of the Braves, Ernie Lombardi of the Reds, and Arky Vaughan, Lloyd Waner and Chuck Klein (HR) of the Pirates. Nice shots of Wrigley Field and Forbes Field, Pittsburgh.
The final film covers all three New York ballclubs during spring training, 1945: The Yankees at Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Giants at Lakewood, New Jersey and the Dodgers at Bear Mountain, New York. This rare film shows many obscure players who made their marks during the war years (or barely made the majors at all)! Here's who you'll see and hear: Manager Joe McCarthy talks about his Yankees. Shown are: Oscar Grimes, Snuffy Stirnweiss, Nick Etten, rookie Joe Buzas, Bob Metheny, Russ Derry and Mike Garbark. Future Hall Of Famer Paul Waner and veteran Tuck Stainback both speak on this film. Also shown are pitchers Hank Borowy, Walt Dubiel, Atley Donald, Steve Roser, Karl Drews and Al Gettel. In the Giants camp, manager Mel Ott talks about his players for 1945, and pitching great Carl Hubbell explains why he has retired and what his new duties are. Shown are pitchers Bill Voiselle and Van Lingle Mungo, catcher Ernie Lombardi and outfielders Joe Medwick, Johnny Rucker and Dan Gardella. Coach Dolf Luque and all four infielders, Phil Weintraub, George Hausmann, Buddy Kerr and Nap Reyes are shown. Meanwhile at Bear Mountain, NY, Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher talks about his 1945 edition of "Dem Bums". Augie Galan will start at 1B, rookie Tommy Brown at SS, and Bill Hart at 3B. Also shown are Morrie Aderholt, Frenchy Bordagaray, catcher Ray Hayworth, pitchers Vic Lombardi and Ben Chapman and coach Chuck Dressen. But the spotlight is on Durocher and you can "Listen in" as Leo hits infield and hollers to his players, including outfielder and N.L. batting champ Dixie Walker at 3B! Both Dixie Walker and club owner Branch Rickey also speak on this film.
Now you can get your own copy of this never-before-seen baseball footage available for the first time on home video! Send $29.95 plus $5.00 shipping and handling (Illinois residents must add $2.00 tax) to:
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