Instructional Baseball Video from 1920s Features Amazing Walter Johnson, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth Footage (Video)

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Major League Baseball may no longer enjoy preferred status as “America’s Pastime,” but it still has one thing going for it that none of the other major sports leagues have: history.

Don’t get me wrong, the other leagues have history, too. The NBA was founded in 1946. The NFL was founded in 1920. And the NHL was founded in 1917. But MLB was founded in 1869, four years after the last shots were fired in the Civil War. That’s old.

Of course, it’s no secret that baseball has an amazing history. People have been fussing over it for half a century. Film maker Ken Burns made an 18-hour documentary about it. Still, every once in a while a researcher will uncover an old photo or some old video footage, and every time it kind of blows us away.

The latest such example is this instructional baseball film from the 1920s. It’s features Dazzy Vance, Ty Cobb, and Walter Johnson showing off their technique. But the highlight, not surprisingly, is the Babe Ruth footage.

Take a look:

That’s as good a look as you’re ever going to get at some of the greatest ballplayers of all time. Slow motion, excellent clarity—just awesome.

Is it April 5 yet?

Hat Tip – [Grantland via Deadspin]

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