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Rare Baseball Film Footage

These videos are based on old 16 mm. baseball films which have been restored to their original condition by Rare Sportsfilms, Inc. They include the original narration, soundtrack, and titles. A rare treat for baseball fans.



The Glory of Their Times — (1900-1918)

The Glory of Their Times (1900-1918)

Based on the book by Lawrence Ritter, The Glory of Their Times is the story of the early days of baseball, 1900-1918. It was the era of baseball legends such as Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner, Tris Speaker and managers John McGraw and Connie Mack. Smokey Joe Wood, Sam Crawford, Rube Marquard and others tell stories of these legendary players and personalities. B&W. 50 mins.

#3188 $34.95
 The All-Star Game: From Ruth to Mays

The All-Star Game: From Ruth to Mays

Highlights of every All-Star Game from the very first one in 1933 to the 1957 contest, with the exception of the 1940 and 1943 games. All films through the 1955 All-Star Game are in black and white, while the 1956 and 1957 films are in color. The great players on these films include Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and many others.
110 mins.
#3008 $34.95


1913-1938 "The Sports Album"

Vintage baseball film footage from 1913-1938. Includes Opening Day at brand new Ebbets Field, the 1919 Black Sox World Series, Babe Ruth hitting an inside-the-park homer, the 1926 and 1934 World Series, 1927 spring training, Ty Cobb, the 1934, 1937 and 1938 All-Star games, Lou Gehrig highlights, the first night game at Crosley Field and more. Narrated by Bill Slater and Dennis James.
B&W. 64 mins.
#2589 $34.95


1934 and 1935 World Series

Five films, including highlights of the St. Louis Cardinals 1934 World Series victory over the Detroit Tigers and the Tigers' 1935 triumph over the Chicago Cubs. Also includes "Play Ball!", the first sound motion picture ever produced by Major League Baseball. Instructional in nature, it features Gehrig, Ruth, Foxx, Grove, Simmons, Hornsby and many others. "Those Tigers" covers the highlights of Detroit's pennant-winning 1934 season. In the fifth film, Marty Glickman interviews Charlie Gehringer about his career and the 1935 Fall Classic.
97 mins.
#1986 $34.95

 Reds-Cubs (July 8, 1972)

Reds-Cubs (July 8, 1972)

Sparky Anderson's Cincinnati Reds edge Leo Durocher's Chicago Cubs 3-2 at Riverfront Stadium on NBC's Game of the Week. This is the third oldest regular season complete game TV broadcast known to exist. The starting pitchers are Gary Nolan for the Reds and rookie Rick Reuschel for the Cubs. Chicago's lineup includes Billy Williams, Ron Santo and Don Kessinger while Cincinnati's has Joe Morgan, Pete Rose and Johnny Bench. Announcers Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek call the action.
B&W. 2 hours, 5 mins.
#2788 $34.95

1939 American League Film
The first Hall of Fame inductions, the first night game in Cleveland, the 1939 World Series highlights and the top AL players of 1939 are all included in this recently restored vintage film "Touching All Bases." Includes all eight AL ballparks and speeches by Judge Landis, Connie Mack, Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth at the official opening of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. B&W. 44 mins.
#1585 $34.95 DVD

Stars of Baseball 1945-1953

Six vintage instructional films with the stars of 1945-1953 demonstrating how they play the game. Includes Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, Hank Greenberg, Johnny Mize, Stan Musial, Lou Boudreau, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and many others.
2 hours, 5 mins.
#1989 $34.95

1946 and 1947 Boston Braves

The first Boston Braves film ever made ("Take Me Out to the Wigwam") and the first color film with sound ever made about major league baseball ("The Braves Family"). Great shots of old Braves Field and the Braves, including Johnny Sain, Warren Spahn and Tommy Holmes.
72 min.
#1987 $34.95

 1946 Pacific Coast League

1946 Pacific Coast League

Baseball in the Pacific Coast League is baseball's oldest known professionally made sound and color film. Managers of all eight clubs are shown, including Lefty O'Doul, Casey Stengel, Marv Owen and Pepper Martin. Features shots of Edmonds Field (Sacramento), Oaks Park (Oakland), Gilmore Field (Hollywood) and Wrigley Field (Los Angeles) as well as close ups of many players. This 52-minute DVD also includes a second color film, Down on the Farm, on the Chicago White Sox minor league system in 1948. Narrated by Bob Elson, the film shows the managers at every level as well as future White Sox stars.
#2590 $34.95

Summer of 1950

Highlights of the 1950 season from spring training through the World Series. Includes Joe DiMaggio signing for $100,000, rookie Chico Carrasquel's 24-game hit streak, Dick Sisler's pennant-winning homer, and much more. See Ted Williams, Warren Spahn, Duke Snider, Stan Musial, Phil Rizzuto and other stars in action.
51 min.
#1580 $34.95

1951 Baseball News Highlights
Highlights from spring training through the World Series, including Mickey Mantle's first at bat.
B&W. 67 mins.
#1272 $34.95

1952 Cleveland Indians
The second oldest color baseball film ever made, this promotional film features Bob Feller, Early Wynn, Bob Lemon, and Larry Doby. Also includes black and white film of 1950 Indians game vs. Washington at Municipal Stadium.
33 mins.
#1273 $34.95 DVD

Summer of 1953Summer of 1953
Over two hours of baseball highlights from the 1953 season. Includes the Braves' move to Milwaukee, the All-Star Game at Crosley Field, Mel Parnell's shutouts of the Yankees, and Al Rosen and Roy Campanella winning the MVP awards. You'll also see Yogi Berra, Minnie Minoso, Duke Snider, Whitey Ford, Pee Wee Reese, Bob Feller, Warren Spahn and many others in action. 2 hours, 22 mins.

#1414 $49.95

1954 St. Louis Cardinals

1954 CardinalsThree vintage Cardinal films all on one DVD. The 1954 Cardinals are shown in beautiful color in "Let's Train with the Cardinals", in spring training in St. Petersburg, Florida. Manager Eddie Stanky, Harvey Haddix, Vic Raschi, Wally Moon, Solly Hemus, Alex Grammas, Stan Musial and many more players are shown in spring games. Harry Caray is the narrator. "The Cardinal Tradition" is a B&W film which tells the story of the Cardinals' first five World Series wins (1926, 1934, 1942, 1944 and 1946) with vintage game action. Joe Garagiola narrates "The Game Nobody Saw", a B&W film about the 1959 Cardinals in spring training in St. Petersburg. Shown are Musial, Johnny Keane, Don Blasingame, Ken Boyer, Harry Walker, Bob Gibson, Marty Marion and others. Also includes great scenes of old Busch Stadium.
81 mins.
#2558 $34.95

1955 Washington Senators
This rare promotional film features spring training workouts, a interview with rookie Harmon Killebrew, and opening day festivities at Griffith Stadium.
Color. 35 mins.

#1274 $34.95

Game 5, 1955 World Series

1565A partial broadcast of the fifth game of the 1955 World Series between the Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Includes the first three innings with Mel Allen doing play-by-play and parts of innings 5, 6 and 7 with Dodger voice Vin Scully at the mike. Duke Snider's two homers led the Dodgers to a 5-3 win and a three-games-to-two lead in the Series.
B & W. 90 mins.
#1565 $34.95

1956 Kansas City A's
"The Kansas City Athletics in Action" includes great shots of old Municipal Stadium as well as A's players Clete Boyer, Enos Slaughter, Vic Power and manager Lou Boudreau.
Color. 24 mins.
#265 $29.95 VHS
#1556 $34.95 DVD

Happy Felton's Knothole Gang
Two episodes of the beloved TV show, broadcast live from Ebbets Field before the games of August 7, 1954 and June 26, 1956. Happy and his sidekick Bucky are joined by Jackie Robinson, who answers questions and plays catch with three Little League contestants.
B&W. 50 mins.

#1452 $34.95

1957 Milwaukee Braves1953-1955 Milwaukee Braves
Follow the highlights of the Braves first three years in Milwaukee with broadcaster Earl Gillespie, who describes the action from old County Stadium, as well as the Polo Grounds, Ebbets Field, Crosley Field and Connie Mack Stadium. These four vintage films include "Meet Your Braves" (1953), "The Milwaukee Story" (1954), "Home of the Braves" (1954), and "Baseball's Main Street" (1955). Enjoy watching Warren Spahn, Lew Burdette, Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Johnny Logan, Del Crandall, Billy Bruton and many others.
Color and B&W. 1 hour, 55 min.
#1775 $34.95

1956-1959 Milwaukee Braves

Four vintage color films showing highlights of the Braves' best seasons in Milwaukee, when they won two pennants and one world championship. Earl Gillespie describes the action from old County Stadium and takes you on the road to Connie Mack Stadium, Forbes Field, Seals Stadium, Crosley Field and old Busch Stadium. See Warren Spahn, Lew Burdette, Del Crandall, Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Joe Adcock, Red Schoendienst and many others.
1hr. 56min.
#1988 $34.95

1957-1958-1959 Boston Red Sox Cover1957-1958-1959 Boston Red Sox
Curt Gowdy hosts three vintage films showing Red Sox highlights from the 1957 through 1959 seasons. You'll see Frank Malzone, Jimmy Piersall, Jackie Jensen, Bill Monbouquette and Ted Williams and many more Boston players. Stars from other teams are shown in action and the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is given thorough coverage. Opening Days, special promotions and rare footage of the 1959 All-Star Game at Pittsburgh are all included.
Color. 67 min.
#1898 $34.95

Summer of 1957

The most complete archive of baseball footage from 1957 ever made available on video. Mantle wins the AL MVP, Aaron and Spahn lead the Braves, Ted Williams hits .388, and the Giants play their last game at the Polo Grounds. Features Berra, Minoso, Snider, Mathews, Pierce, Clemente, Musial, Mays, Kaline and many others.
B&W. 3 hours, 24 mins.

#627 $49.95
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Summer of 1958

Highlights of the 1958 baseball season from spring training through Game 7 of the Yankees-Braves World Series. Features Stengel, Mantle, Berra, Wynn, Robinson, Mathews, Musial, Williams and many others.
B & W. 1 hour, 41 mins.

#646 $34.95

1959 Cincinnati Reds
This promotional film contains fabulous shots of Crosley Field and features Reds players Gus Bell, Jerry Lynch, Frank Robinson, Bob Purkey, Joe Nuxhall and others.
Color. 30 mins.
#1275 $34.95

1960-1961-1962 Milwaukee Braves

1960-1962 BravesThree color films showing Braves highlights from the early 1960s. Milwaukee players featured include Spahn, Burdette, Crandall, Tommie and Hank Aaron, Bruton, Mathews, Logan, Schoendienst, Adcock, Cloninger and many others. Also seen are National League stars such as Musial, Boyer, Banks, Frank Robinson, Pinson, Clemente, Drysdale, Koufax, Wills, Cepeda, and Mays.

The Best of Baseball (1960) includes Opening Day at County Stadium, the first annual Braves Old-Timers Day and close plays and humorous incidents. Big Moments with the Braves (1961) shows a bench-clearing brawl with the Reds, and Spahn beating the Cubs for his 300th win. Around the League with the Braves (1962) features NL season highlights, with teams from New York and Houston added to the league. All three films are narrated by the voice of the Braves, Earl Gillespie.
85 mins.
#2568 $34.95

Biography of a Rookie

This documentary tells the story of Willie Davis, who was discovered by Dodger scout Kenny Myers and after a year of individual coaching became the team's top prospect in 1961. The film includes scenes of Davis in high school, where he excelled in several sports, and his unique training with Myers before signing with the Dodgers. Much of the film, which originally aired on television in 1961, focuses on spring training at Vero Beach as Davis strives to make the team. B&W. 53 mins.
#2891 $34.95

1961 Minnesota Twins
"Pride of the Upper Midwest" is the video of the Twins' memorable first year in Minnesota. Includes great scenes of old Metropolitan Stadium, Twins stars Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison, Jim Kaat, and Zoilo Versalles as well as rare footage of the 1961 All-Star game at Fenway Park.
Color. 27 mins.
#1557 $34.95 CD

1961 & 1962 Baltimore Orioles
Two films on the Orioles of the early 1960s. The first, a 58-minute B &W TV show, is titled "Paul Richards, Big League Manager." The first half of this behind-the-scenes look at the '61 Birds covers the rigors of spring training and the practicing of fundamentals. The second half shows a spring game against the Pirates with a miked Richards offering his comments and insight on the game.

The second film, 27 minutes long and narrated by Chuck Thompson, contains the oldest existing color footage of Brooks Robinson and Boog Powell. It includes 1962 spring training shots from Miami Stadium as well as regular-season shots of the Orioles and other AL stars in action.
2 programs; 58 min B&W; 27 min. color

#1558 $34.95

Jim Maloney's No-Hitter

The last 2 1/2 innings of Jim Maloney's no-hitter against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 19, 1965. Maloney ends up with 12 strikeouts in the Reds' 10-inning 1-0 win. This segment is the only video that exists from the game. It's also the oldest TV broadcast of a major league game that exists in color. The announcers are Chicago's Jack Brickhouse and Lloyd Pettit.
63 mins.
#3127 $34.95

1965 New York Mets

The Mets promotional film "Expressway to the Big Leagues" includes close-ups and action shots of players such as Ron Swoboda, Ed Kranepool, Johnny Lewis, Tug McGraw, Ron Hunt and manager Casey Stengel. Also includes shots of NL stars Maury Wills, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays and Ernie Banks and events at Shea Stadium such as "Banner Day" and "Old-Timers Day".
Color. 27 mins.
#1564 $34.95

Casey at the Mets
Two vintage films featuring Casey Stengel. The first is a 1963 pre-game Stengel interview with Pirate broadcaster Bob Prince and New York writer Phil Pepe. "Casey at the Mets", filmed in 1964, includes an interview with the ol' Professor, shots of Shea Stadium under construction, and Dodger players serenading Casey on his birthday.
B&W. 40 mins. VHS
#1276 $34.95

1964 Baseball Highlights
This DVD contains an amazing 1 hour and 23 minutes of highlights from the 1964 season, from Spring Training to the World Series. The footage comes from old news reels and sports reels and has been professionally transferred to video, resulting in excellent image quality. There's just too much on this video to list. It literally covers the whole 1964 season. Includes footage of Sandy Koufax, Roger Maris, Tim McCarver, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Don Drysdale, Orlando Cepeda, Brooks Robinson and many more. This is a really unique and exciting video for any fan of the game.

#1257 $34.95

Portrait of Willie MaysA Portrait of Willie Mays

An in-depth look at the San Francisco superstar during the heat of the 1966 pennant race between the Giants, Dodgers and Pirates. Mays speaks often during the film, commenting on Sandy Koufax, knockdown pitches, baseball superstitions and other topics. Includes great shots of Mays, Juan Marichal, Koufax, Don Drysdale, Richie Allen and Roberto Clemente, as well as scenes from Forbes Field, Connie Mack Stadium, and Candlestick Park.
Color. 60 mins.
#2226 $34.95

1966 and 1971 Chicago Cubs1966 and 1971 Chicago Cubs
Two vintage WGN television shows hosted by Jack Brickhouse from the Cubs spring training site.

The 1966 show takes a look at new manager Leo Durocher and features Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and others. Listen in on Durocher's first clubhouse speech as he tells the players what he expects of them and explains his rules on drinking and staying out late after games.

The 1971 show features in-depth player interviews with newcomers Joe Pepitone and Milt Pappas, as well as Fergie Jenkins, Jim Hickman, Ken Holtzman and others. Santo and Pepitone sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Banks announces his new slogan.
Color. 39 min.
#1897 $34.95

1968 and 1969 New York Mets
Two great films on one DVD. The 1968 Mets promotional film shows close-ups and action shots of Seaver, Koosman, Swoboda, Ryan, Grote, Jones, and others. The 26-minute film also includes scenes from the 1968 All-Star Game, with Seaver fanning five batters and Koosman getting the final out. The 29-minute 1969 film shows the highlights of that incredible season when the Mets won the NL East, swept the Braves in the NLCS, and upset the Orioles in the World Series.

#1262 $34.95

Stars of Baseball 1968 and 1970

Two vintage instructional films, with top major league stars demonstrating how they play their positions. "The Name of the Game is Baseball", shot in spring training in 1968, features Bill Mazeroski, Jim Wynn, Brooks Robinson, Carl Yastrzemski, Bob Gibson and others. "American League Baseball Fundamentals and Techniques", hosted by Tony Kubek, was shot in Lakeland, Florida, during spring training in 1970 and features Mickey Lolich, Al Kaline, Yastrzemski, Reggie Smith, Rico Petrocelli, Harmon Killebrew and others.
Color. 56 mins.
#1990 $34.95

Cubs-Phillies July 12, 1969Cubs-Phillies (July 12, 1969)
The oldest existing regular season complete game TV broadcast. Ferguson Jenkins pitches the Cubs over the Phillies at Wrigley Field.
B&W. 140 mins.
#1254 $49.95

1969 San Francisco Giants
Narrated by long-time Giants broadcaster Russ Hodges, this promotional film is packed with shots of NL MVP Willie McCovey, Willie Mays, Jim Davenport, Bobby Bonds, Juan Marichal, and Gaylor Perry. Mays's 599th and 600th home runs are shown with actual radio play-by-play included.
Color. 22 mins.
#1277 $34.95

1973 San Francisco Giants
"Go Giants" is a promotional film featuring shots of the top Giants during the 1973 season, including Garry Maddox, Gary Matthews, Bobby Bonds, and 24-game winner Ron Bryant. Bonds' game-winning grand slam against the Dodgers is the film's top highlight. Narrated by Al Michaels.
Color. 28 mins.
#237 $29.95 VHS

1916-1958 Baseball Highlights
Narrated by Buddy Blattner, this film includes clips of Honus Wagner, Dizzy Dean, Babe Ruth, and Bobby Thomson as well as Stan Musial's 3,000th hit.
B&W. DVD 27 mins.
#1403 $34.95 DVD

A Man Named Mays
The 1964 TV special is a candid, inside look at one of the greatest ballplayers ever, up through the 1963 season. Many highlights from Willie Mays's career are shown, including his 4-homer night against the Braves, his 400th homer against the Cards, and his 2000th hit.
B&W. 51 mins.
#1278 $34.95

Batting with Ted WilliamsBatting with Ted Williams

Five different vintage films, all on Ted Williams. Includes Ted's first instructional film, "Batting with Ted Williams" (1966); "The Science of Hitting (1972); "Swing King", on Ted and the Red Sox' 1946 pennant-winning year; "Thumping Theodore", a short feature on his career; and "My Name is Ted Williams", a 1970 interview with Ted about his life.
B&W and color. 112 mins.
#1271 $34.95

Angels-Brewers (July 16, 1972)

The California Angels beat the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0 in the first game of a doubleheader at County Stadium. This is the oldest complete game TV broadcast known to exist of either team. Angel announcers Dick Enberg and Don Wells call the play-by-play action. The starters are Rudy May for the Angels and newly-acquired Jim Colborn for the Brewers.
B&W. 1 hour, 29 mins.

#2868 $34.95

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