I have always loved the game of baseball. In fact, I've just written a novel about baseball, ...AND MY FATHER WAS THERE.
Since my new novel centers around the early days of baseball--in particular the 1914 "Miracle Braves," as well as a Cleveland Naps player named "Nig" Clarke, who in 1902, while with Corsicana Oil City of the Texas League, hit eight home runs in a single game--I had to do a lot of research on the early days of baseball. That research included watching old newsreel footage of games from the early 1900s.
While watching that footage, I found myself transported back to a time of baseball innocence, when the game was still growing and when many professional players--adorned in baggy knickers and team-branded uniform shirts with turned up collars--would have played for free; when radio wasn't available, and when actually going to a stadium to see a live game was a cherished part of being a fan; when players on and off the field sought out opportunities to interact with their admiring fans; and when young boys dreamed of one day playing against, or on the same team as, their baseball idols (that part hasn't changed). I could almost hear the noise of the crowd and the crack of the bats, almost taste the grilled hot dogs and roasted peanuts. It was a special time in baseball's history. Sadly, I think the game has lost that innocence.
Watch this amazing compilation footage of rare game footage from the dead-ball era of baseball, set to wonderfully inspiring music, and see if you too aren't transported back to a purer time (includes footage of Ty Cobb). See if it doesn't bring a smile to your face...
(Courtesy of Vintage Baseball - YouTube Provider)