Introduced by David Filipi, Wexner Center for the Arts
Rare Baseball Films is the perfect way to celebrate the national pastime that delights die-hard fans and cinephiles alike. Before television became a fixture in people’s homes, theatrical newsreels were one of the few ways for fans to actually see players from around the country in action. The program draws on the Hearst Metrotone News Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive and includes the Houston Colt .45s' first spring training, Stan Musial’s 3,000th hit, a charity game with Buster Keaton and Jack Benny, Babe Ruth’s first day with the Boston Braves, Sandy Koufax’s retirement press conference, Jackie Robinson relaxing at home with his family, and much more!
Including a Houston Astros Spring Training clip, the Friday program includes: Kennedy – Tosses Out First Ball. 1961, 46 sec.
President Nixon Opens 1969 Baseball Season Silent. With Bowie Kuhn, Ted Williams, Ralph Houk. 1969, 1:47 mins.
June Allyson with Chicago White Sox – Comiskey Baseball Park. Promotion for The Stratton Story. With Bill Dickey. 1949, 2:44 mins.
Sandy Koufax Retires. 1966, 12:49 mins.
Babe Ruth’s First Day in Boston Brave’s Training Camp. 1935, 5:53 mins.
Baseball Caught from Top of Cleveland’s Terminal Tower. 1938, 3:30 mins.
Chicago – It’s 3000 for Stan! 1958, 1:50 mins.
U.S. Stars Discuss Baseball. With Joe DiMaggio. 1954, 1:03 mins.
Jackie Robinson (1956, 5:41 mins.)
Campanella: Portrait of Courage (1958, 1:54 mins.)
Rickey Booms Third League Without Congressional “Help”. 1959, 58 sec.
Iraq’s Boy King Goes Sightseeing in New York! Silent. 1952, 2:35 mins.
Milwaukee – Haddix Pitches Longest Perfect Game in History. 1959, 1:18 mins.
Red Auerbach Interview. With Dolph Schayes, Rogers Hornsby, Maurice Stokes. 1958, 7:47 mins.
Babe Ruth Plays Last Game as a Regular. 1934, 3:51 mins.
Youngster Sets Home Run Race in Major Leagues. With Mel Ott. Silent. 1929, 1:07 mins.
Two Wizards – Huggins and Rockne Meet at Yankee Stadium. With Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Gene Tunney, Jack Dempsey. Silent. 1927, 4:40 mins.
Charity Ball Game Between Stars and Comedians. 1936, 1 min.
American Showgirls Teach Japanese Geishas to Play Baseball. Silent. 1935, 2:52 mins.
Saturday, August 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet the Astros' "Shooting Stars" street team and team mascot Orbit, all at the Museum, just outside Brown Auditorium Theater.
Saturday, August 10, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Bring the entire family to a 90-minute program featuring highlights from the first regular season game against the Phillies in 1965, Willie Mays 511th home run, a Woody Woodpecker cartoon, and an excerpt from The Astrodome: Eighth Wonder of the World,
Filipi has been with the Wexner Center's film/video department since 1994 and director since 2010. His ongoing project Rare Baseball Films has been presented annually at the Wexner Center and at around the country with programs drawn from the collections at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. A member of the film studies committee at Ohio State, where he has taught animation history since 2004, Filipi is also a member of Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum advisory board. In addition, Filipi regularly serves on panels for regional and national arts organizations. He received his master’s degree in film studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Rare Baseball Films is organized by David Filipi, director of film/video at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Special thanks to the UCLA Film & Television Archive.