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"SUMMER OF 1953"

      Here is the most complete archive of baseball film footage from 1953 ever made available on video! Almost all is footage never seen before, a tremendous 2-hour, 22-minute B & W two-volume collection of highlights from Spring Training through the World Series! Here is exactly what you'll see on these tapes, in order:


Baseball News Wrapup of 1953 - To begin Tape 1, a brief look back at the top baseball stories of the entire year: Halfway through Spring Training, Braves move to Milwaukee. Ted Williams returns from Korea, but Yanks again win pennant. Stengel, Ford, Raschi, Lopat, Reynolds, Mantle, Berra, Woodling. Brooklyn Dodgers Erskine, Meyer, Labine, Campy, Furillo and manager Chuck Dressen.

A look at the teams in spring training, 1953 - Red Sox at Sarasota: Boudreau, Parnell, Hudson, Kinder, Kell, Consolo, Gernert, Agganis, Piersall. Tigers at old Henley Field, Lakeland: Garver, Newhouser, Ted Gray, Houtteman, Priddy, Kuenn. Senators at Tinker Field: Clark Griffith, Bucky Harris, Spec Shea, Porterfield, Stobbs, Bunky Stewart, Sonny Nixon, Vernon, Ken Wood, Jensen. Browns at San Bernadino: Trucks, Satchel Paige, Wertz, Kokos, Hunter, Young, Brecheen. Braves Field, Bradenton: Coaches Keely, Cooney, Walters and Mgr. Grimm. Spahn, Wilson, Surkont, Antonelli, Pendleton, Jethroe, Ebba St. Claire, Crowe. Reds at Tampa: Manager Hornsby, Raffensberger, Wehmeier, Perkowski, Coach Buster Mills, Kluszewski, Marshall, Landrith, Seminick, McMillan, Ford Garrison. Pirates at Havanna, Cuba: Coaches Narron, Fitzpatrick, Posdel, Sukeforth, Mgr. Haney, Lindell, Vic Janowicz, Abrams, O'Connell, Bill McDonald and Ralph Kiner.

Annual Golf Outing: Players Lindell, Meyer, Lopat, Berra, Jimmy Dykes, Jim Hearn, Ewell Blackwell, Musial, Rizzuto and Allie Reynolds relax by playing golf while at Spring Training.

Who are the top rookies this spring? - Brooklyn: Don Hoak and Don Zimmer. Cardinals: Neal Hertweck and Rip Repulski. Reds: Jim Greengrass, Ed Bailey and Nino Escalera. Philadelphia A's: Len Moderadzo, Charlie Bishop, Walt Kellner, Frank Fanovich, Rinty Monahan, Tom Tyson, Ed Hrabcsak and Dick Rozek. Senators: Les Peden and Frank Zeitz.

Boston Braves in Spring Training, Bradenton - Manager Grimm, Spahn, Burdette, Gene Conley, Johnny Antonelli, Walker Cooper, Ebba St. Claire, Adcock, Jack Dittmer, Mathews, Logan, Sid Gordon, Sam Jethroe, Bob Thorpe. Then Bill Cunningham interviews young Eddie Mathews.

Philadelphia A's at Connie Mack Field, West Palm - Carl Scheib, Alex Kellner, Bobby Shantz, Harry Byrd, Morrie Martin, Joe Astroth, Bobo Newsom and manager Jimmy Dykes.

Comeback Candidates for 1953 - Hal Newhouser, Ralph Branca, Johnny Lindell, Vern Bickford, Ned Garver and Gerry Priddy.

Brooklyn Infielders at Dodgertown - Manager Dressen, Don Hoak, Don Zimmer, Wayne Belardi, Bobby Morgan, Pee Wee Reese, Billy Cox, Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges.

Browns & Braves denied permission to move - Veeck and Baltimore Mayor D'Allessandro, Memorial Stadium. New Milwaukee County Stadium, Joe Cairnes, Fred Miller and Mayor Frank Zeidler.

Yankees vs Brooklyn at Miami Stadium - Home runs into the parking lot by Gene Woodling and Mickey Mantle help Yanks tromp Dodgers 8-3 in exhibition baseball.

April 14 - Opening Day at New County Stadium, Milwaukee - Joe Adcock gets first official hit in new County Stadium as Warren Spahn and Braves squeek by Cardinals 3-2. Billy Bruton's disputed 10th-inning home run off Enos Slaughter's glove wins game!

April 25 at Yankee Stadium - Whitey Ford's first start at the Stadium in almost three years is a Yankee win over Washington, 4-2. Great outfield play by Mickey Mantle! Andy Carey hits first ML homer, but Woodling is hero with bottom of the ninth homer that wins the game for New York!

Baseball News - Gene Woodling, Ed Lopat, Bob Lemon, Minnie Minoso, Jim Rivera, Dave Philley, Dick Gernert, Harvey Kuenn, Walt Dropo, Eddie Mathews and Roy Campanella.

May 6 Holloman No-Hitter and Baseball News - Hodges, Billy Loes, Kiner, Carlos Bernier, Wilhelm, Don Liddle, Boudreau, Billy Goodman, Parnell, Chico Carrasquel, Porterfield and Clyde Vollmer. Then, interview with St. Louis Browns no-hit rookie pitcher Bobo Holloman.

May 9 at Connie Mack Stadium - Nats beat Philadelphia A's as Walt Masterson beats Alex Kellner with 6-0 whitewash. Jackie Jensen, Jim Busby, Clyde Vollmer and Mickey Grasso.

Late May Major League News - Charlie Grimm, Eddie Mathews, Burdette, Red Schoendienst, Dick Cole, Del Wilber, Vern Stephens, Bob Porterfield, Mickey Vernon, Vollmer and Joe Astroth.

The new Milwaukee Braves at County Stadium - Manager Grimm, Max Surkont, Warren Spahn, Lou Burdette, Johnny Antonelli, Bob Buhl, Don Liddle, Del Crandall, Walker Cooper, Ed Mathews, Johnny Logan, Jack Dittmer, Joe Adcock and Billy Bruton.

June 4 - Pirates Trade Kiner to Cubs in big 10-Player deal - Shown are Branch Rickey, managers Fred Haney and Phil Cavarretta, plus some of the players involved: Ralph Kiner, Joe Garagiola, Bob Addis, Gene Hermanski and Toby Atwell.

Yanks win 11th in a Row - Stengel, Phil Rizzuto, Wayne Terwilliger and Gus Zernial.

Connie Mack visits Little Leaguers - Big Ed Walsh and Ira Thomas are also on hand in Meridian, Conn.

June 6 at Connie Mack Stadium - Robin Roberts gets his 100th ML win with 6-2 victory over Jim Wilson and Braves. Robbie carries no-hitter into the 6th when Jack Dittmer's safety and Harry Hannebrink's first ML hit (homer) account for only Braves runs. Earl Torgeson is the hitting hero with two doubles off ex-teammates.

Roberts' 100th ML Victory - Film coverage of the game from a different perspective, plus exclusive interview with Robin Roberts by ex-Yankee Tommy Henrich.

July 11 at Ebbets Field - Rookie Al Worthington's 6-0 whitewash of powerful Dodgers sets new ML record. It's Worthington's second shutout in a row to start his career! Monte Irvin's three-run homer off Russ Meyer gets Giants out in front early. Dodgers had hit homers in 25 straight games!

Ted Williams Press Conference - Ted talks with reporters about the possibilities of his return to baseball in '53.

All-Star Game Lineups are Announced - First for manager Casey Stengel's A.L. team, then for Dodger pilot Chuck Dressen's senior circuit squad: Mickey Vernon, Goodman, Al Rosen, Gus Zernial, Berra, Mantle, Mel Parnell, Porterfield, Mike Garcia, Billy Pierce, Ted Kluszewski, Red Schoendienst, Mathews, Gus Bell, Musial, Slaughter, Campy, Max Surkont, Roberts, Gerry Staley and Burdette.


Mid-season Rundown on Both Pennant Races - Stengel, Lopat, Sain, Mantle, Woodling, Pierce, Minoso, Nellie Fox, Bob Lemon, Rosen, Larry Doby, Dressen, Duke Snider, Furillo, Campy, Jackie Robinson, Mathews, Spahn, Roberts, Schoendienst, Musial, Monte Irvin and Bobby Thomson.

Late July - Indianapolis Clowns at Connie Mack Stadium - 23-year old second baseman Toni Stone is first woman to play in the Negro American League.

August 1 at Connie Mack Stadium - Bob Feller beats Philadelphia A's and Charlie Bishop 5-2 to notch his 245th career victory. Al Rosen's 27th HR helps build tribe 5-0 lead. Only A's runs come on Gus Zernial's 2-run HR in 9th.

Who Will be Rookie-Of-The-Year? - Top candidates are Rip Repulski, Junior Gilliam, Daryl Spencer, Jim Greengrass, Harvey Kuenn, Tom Umphlett, Billy Hunter and Red Wilson.

Old Timers Game at Connie Mack Stadium - Stan Baumgartner, Cy Perkins, Mickey Cochran, Durocher, Frankie Frisch, Gomez, George Case and Cy Young. Old Timers play to 3-inning 1-1 tie.

Ted Williams returns - Ted is discharged early from the Marines and re-joins Red Sox.

American League Player comebacks: Ed Lopat, Virgil Trucks, Billy Pierce, Mickey Vernon, Bob Porterfield, Jim Piersall, Ellis Kinder and Ted Williams.

Bob Porterfield Interview - The Nat's top pitcher in '53, Porterfield is the league's first 20-game winner! First, an interview, then nice shots of Griffith Stadium and highlights of his 21st. win vs White Sox at Washington.

1953 League Leaders - Top players of the year are Ed Lopat, Mel Parnell, A.L. Batting champ Mickey Vernon, HR and RBI champ Al Rosen, Mathews smacks 47 homers to lead N.L., Spahn ERA champ, Carl Furillo wins batting title and Campanella is N.L. RBI leader and MVP.

"This Week In Sports" with Tommy Henrich - Interviews with Yankee (Joe Carrieri) and Dodger (Charlie DiGiovanna) batboys for the upcoming World Series.

1953 World Series Preview - Tommy Henrich reviews last year's series and discusses the strengths of each team for this year's series: Ed Lopat, Furillo, Jackie Robinson, Campy, Gil Hodges, Gene Woodling, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Preacher Roe.

Game 6 at Yankee Stadium - Whitey Ford vs Carl Erskine. Furillo's dramatic 9th inning homer ties game, but merely sets stage for series hero Billy Martin's last-of-the-ninth game-winning RBI single. Hank Bauer races home with clinching run as Yanks prevail 4-3 and capture 5th straight World Title!

1953 World Series Summary - Tommy Henrich reviews highlights of the series, games 1,3,4 & 6.

      To get your own copy of this new two-volume set of tapes on the 1953 season, send $49.95 plus $5.00 shipping (Illinois residents must add $4.00 sales tax) to:

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