Here’s something I never actually thought I’d see: footage of the 1919 World Series. Yes, the 1919 World Series. The year the infamous Black Sox threw the World Series to Cincinnati in exchange for money.
At around the 3:20 mark you can see footage of Eddie Collins just plain not giving a shit about anything that’s happening. “Oh, that ball was put in play. I’ll just stand here and watch the action.”
What’s even more remarkable is how this footage was found.
From Tim Marchman at Deadspin:
It was part of a cache of newsreels from the Canadian Yukon that were at one point used to fill in a swimming pool that was being converted into a hockey rink. The newsreels were discovered in 1978, and sat in an archive until this year, when a White Sox fan working on a documentary about the lost films stumbled on them. Good luck for him, and better luck for us.
It was going to be used to fill in a swimming pool that was to be converted into a hockey rink. Fucking Canada, man.
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