October 3, 2014

1924 World Series Footage Found After 90 Years

Dan Steinberg, Washington Post, October 2, 2014:
When eight cans of nitrate film arrived at the Library of Congress in August, a staffer began a routine inspection to see what sort of physical condition the film was in. Without even watching the footage, she quickly noticed a headline screaming out from one of the newsreels: "SENATORS WIN WORLD SERIES," it said. "40,000 frantic fans see American Leaguers take 12-inning deciding game, 4 to 3."

And when archivists from the Library's Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation watched the reel, they found nearly four minutes of footage from that 1924 World Series, footage that somehow had remained in nearly perfect condition for 90 years. Bucky Harris hitting a home run, Walter Johnson pitching four innings of scoreless relief, Muddy Ruel scoring the winning run, fans storming Griffith Stadium's field: It was all there, and it was all glorious. ...
Elias Sports Bureau, October 1, 2014:
The Athletics and Royals needed 12 innings to decide the winner of the 2014 American League Wild Card Game. That matched the longest "winner-take-all" game in terms of innings in postseason history. Game Seven of the 1924 World Series between the Senators and Giants also went 12 innings. Washington won the game and the series, 4-3.

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