June 14, 2014

Earliest Known Footage Of Babe Ruth As A Yankee (March 1920)

Kristen Gowdy, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum:
[Senior curator Tom] Shieber, who received the 36-second clip from the University of South Carolina's Moving Image Research Collections in December 2013, was recently able to date the footage. He has confirmed the video was filmed just months after Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees in late 1919.

"I've seen a lot of Ruth footage, and this is the earliest Ruth footage in a Yankee uniform I've ever seen," Shieber said. ...

Ruth can be seen hitting three pitches before the video cuts to a close-up of his face.
The video of the 25-year-old Ruth can be seen here.

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