Rare Sports Films


If you like vintage baseball moving picture film footage from the 1930's and before, then this new 64-minute B & W DVD from Rare Sportsfilms Inc. is for you! New shots of Ruth and Gehrig, brief scenes of action in Baker Bowl, Philadelphia and old League Park, Cleveland, plus scenes of the infamous 1919 World Series make this DVD a smorgasbord of rare shots for baseball fans and historians! Almost all material has not been seen in more than 50 years, and has never been available on DVD before! Here’s a brief summary of what is shown on this fabulous new offering!

  • Historic Opening Days - The 1913 opener at Ebbets Field (first year of the new ballpark), with Brooklyn Borough President Speers throwing out the first ball. Managers John McGraw and “Uncle Robbie” shake hands before the 1922 opener at the Polo Grounds, Giants vs. Dodgers. Shown are Giants starter Art Nehf and Dodger lefty Dutch Ruether. In 1924 (Dodgers vs. Phils), broadcaster Graham McNamee is shown airing first opener carried on radio! In 1928 at Ebbets Field it's the Phils and Dodgers, Jesse Petty vs. Dazzy Vance. Baker Bowl hosts 1926 opener between Phils and Braves. Manager Dave Bancroft & Art Fletcher shown before game. Finally, another opener at Baker Bowl, Dodgers vs. Phillies with nice game-action shots in the old ballpark!
  • 1919 World Series, Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago “Black Sox“ - Game #1 at Redland Field and Game #3 at Comiskey Park. Shown are managers Kid Gleason and Pat Moran plus stars Eddie Collins, Heinie Groh and “Shoeless“ Joe Jackson. Also, Reds Ivy Wingo, Edd Roush and first game starting pitchers Ed Cicotte and Dutch Ruether. Game #1 action shows Ruether’s triple and Morrie Rath’s RBI single off Cicotte. At Chicago, Game #3 starters Dickie Kerr and the Reds' Ray Fisher are shown warming up.
  • 1926 A.L. Spring Training - At Tampa, Florida, Senators get ready with Walter Johnson, Stan Coveleski and “Bullet” Joe Bush. Also Nick Altrock, “Boy Manager” Bucky Harris and Clark Griffith of the defending A.L. Champions. At Lakeland, Cleveland Indians (manager Tris Speaker, Joe Shaute, George Uhle plus catchers Frank McCrea and Luke Sewell). At Tarpon Springs, manager George Sisler and coach Jimmy Austin are shown with their St. Louis Browns. Pitchers Joe Giard, Tom Zachary, Charlie Robertson and Elam Vangilder all shown. Then, Yankees at St. Pete: Waite Hoyt, Sam Jones, Bob Shawkey, Tony Lazzeri, Nick Cullop and Babe Ruth.
  • Spotlight on Babe Ruth - Ruth in spring training 1926 and with manager Huggins. Opening Day at Yankee Stadium vs Red Sox. A Ruth triple shown from ground level. Gehrig follows with HR, both shown scoring. Ruth warming up at Sportsman’s Park before a game of the 1926 W.S. Then a nice shot of Ruth hitting to RF in slo-motion! Opening Day 1927 at Yankee Stadium vs. A’s. Ruth with Cobb and Eddie Collins. Ruth’s 1927 inside-the-park HR! Slides into home head-first!)
  • 1926 World Series, St. Louis Cardinals vs New York Yankees Game 1 starters Herb Pennock and Bill Sherdel, plus pitchers Flint Rhem and Art Reinhart. Managers Hornsby and Miller Huggins with Judge Landis. Ruth scores winning run! Game 4 at St. Louis, Ruth shown hitting one of his three homers that day! Game 6 starters Alexander and Shawkey. Game 7 starters Jess Haines and Waite Hoyt. Three unearned runs in the fourth doom Yanks as Cards win, 3-2.
  • 1927 N.L. Spring Training Cubs at Catalina: Mgr McCarthy, Jimmy Burke, Charlie Root, Tony Kaufmann, Sheriff Blake, Guy Bush, Gabby Hartnett and Mike Gonzalez. Giants at Sarasota: Roger Bresnahan, Mgr McGraw and Hornsby. Reds at Orlando: Mgr Jack Hendricks, Art Nehf, George “Highpockets” Kelly and Cuckoo Christenson. Cardinals: Mgr Bob O’Farrell, owner Sam Breadon, Bill Sherdel, Grover Alexander, Jess Haines, Jim Bottomley and Ray Blades.
  • Spotlight on Ty Cobb His family, showing son how to bat, with Tigers riding donkeys, in Yankee Stadium hitting home run! With Reb Russell, Red Faber, George Burns, John Collin, “Pants” Rowland, Thomas A. Edison and Connie Mack.
  • Spotlight on Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson Mathewson shown in post-playing days. Walter Johnson Day at Griffith Stadium. Slow-motion shots of “The Big Train” in the early “20’s. Playing in yard with son Bobby and daughter Barbara.
  • Knute Rockne of Notre Dame - The immortal coach speaks to players and leads them in workouts! Notre Dame Stadium dedication game, 1930 vs. Navy, won by Irish 26-2.
  • 1930-1932 Philadelphia A’s Pitchers - Starting staff all shown in spring training sometime between 1930 and 1932. Ed Rommel, Roy Mahaffey, Rube Walberg and Lefty Grove.
  • Spotlight on lefty Grove Slow-motion camera shots of Lefty warming up on sidelines. Fabulous shots of Lefty pitching at old League Park, Cleveland!
  • 1930-1932 Philadelphia A’s Hitters Jimmy Foxx talks about hitting and demonstrates in slow-motion! Max Bishop, Mule Haas, Mickey Cochran, Bing Miller and Jimmy Dykes, all shown batting.
  • 1931-1932 Philadelphia Phils Pitchers Spotlight on Ray Benge, “Jumbo” Jim Elliott, Clise Dudley, Ed Holley and Phil Collins.
  • Spotlight on Chuck Klein - Swing, stance and grip. Great shots of Klein batting and fielding in old Crosley Field!
  • Spotlight on Joe Cronin Demonstrating shortstop play at Griffith Stadium. Shown as player-manager in the 1933 World Series vs Giants. Conversation with Babe Ruth before game 1 of the 1933 World Series!
  • 1934 All-Star Game at the Polo Grounds Starters Carl Hubbell and Lefty Gomez, also Hubbell with Red Ruffing, plus Mel Harder and Al Simmons, Frankie Frisch, Charlie Gehringer, Joe Cronin, and Mickey Cochran. Hubbell KO’s Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx in first inning! In bottom half, Frisch hits HR off Gomez. Earl Averill is batting star in 9-7 A.L. victory!
  • 1934 World Series, Tigers vs Cardinals Managers Frisch and Cochran wish each other luck before game 1 at Navin Field. Rip Collins, Pepper Martin, Jack Rothrock shown before game. Starting pitcher Dizzy Dean says “Cards will win”. Joe Medwick’s HR in game 1. 7th game highlights: Famous Medwick triple-Marv Owen incident!
  • 1937 All-Star Game at Griffith Stadium - Starting pitchers Gomez and Dean, plus Hubbell, Dick Bartell, Billy Herman, Gabby Hartnett, Joe Cronin, Charlie Gehringer, Frank Demaree and Joe Medwick. Game action shows Lou Gehrig’s homer with DiMaggio on base off Dizzy Dean, and Red Rolfe’s triple off Carl Hubbell.
  • Spotlight on Lou Gehrig - Gehrig’s swing, stance, grip and shots of him fielding at old League Park, Cleveland!
  • May 24, 1935 - Reds and Phils at Crosley Field - Historic first night game in modern M.L. history! G.M. Larry McPhail and Frank Lane on roof of park with the new lights. Managers Chuck Dressen and Jimmie Wilson at home plate before game with Reds SS Billy Myers, plus highlights of game, as Reds come from behind and beat Phils 2-1 before 20,422!
  • Opening Day, 1937 - Cardinals at Cincinnati for traditional season lidlifter! Findlay Market presentation at home plate, plus starting batteries: Peaches Davis & Ernie Lombardi for Reds and Brusie Ogrodowski & Dizzy Dean for Redbirds. Managers Dressen and Frankie Frisch. Cards spoil Reds Opener, knocking off Rhinelanders 2-0 in 10 innings!
  • 1938 All-Star Game at Crosley Field - Great close-ups of Joe DiMaggio and Joe Medwick, who drives in first N.L. run. Down 4-0 in the ninth, A.L. American League scores only run on DiMaggio’s single and Cronin's RBI double.
Now you can get your own copy of this vintage film footage on DVD for the first time ever! Send $29.95 + $5.00 shipping & handling. (Illinois residents must add $2.00 tax) to:

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