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Block Cinema Hosts Rare Baseball Films Screening

June 4, 2010 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- With the season in full swing, baseball fans can view vintage clips of White Sox shortstop Luis Aparicio, Boston Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, San Francisco Giants centerfielder Willie Mays, Cleveland Indians outfielder Larry Doby, Montreal Expos outfielder Rusty Staub and other top players from baseball history at Block Cinema.

All are included in the sixth annual spring screening of rare films from the National Baseball Hall of Fame at Northwestern University's Block Cinema.

Block Cinema will show selections of archival baseball footage at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10, in the James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati Auditorium of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive. The screening is open to the public. General admission is $6. Admission with a Northwestern WildCARD, Block Museum membership or student ID is $4.

The two-hour program was organized by David Filipi, film/video curator at the Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus. Filipi will visit Northwestern's Evanston campus to introduce each selection of film clips, which he culled from a large collection of footage from the archives at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown, N.Y. The Block screening will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

"Baseball footage from the past is as much a part of people's enjoyment of the game as the real thing and activates their appreciation for baseball history," said Filipi. "It provides a nice window to see what the game, the players and the culture were like back then. A lot of the old clips turn out to be unintentionally funny today, either for campy reasons or because of the decorum of the individuals in the clips at the time."  

The screening also will feature footage from the Cincinnati Reds 1966 Spring Training season; highlights from the 1926 World Series (St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees) and the 1948 World Series (Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Braves); and highlights of the Kansas City Athletics (1956) and Montreal Expos in their first season (1969).

Also shown will be film clips of Gillette razor TV commercials from the 1950s featuring Aparicio, Mays, Yankees manager Casey Stengel, outfielder Hank Bauer and pitcher Whitey Ford; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Ted Kluszewski and Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella.

Footage from an "Inside Pitch" pre-game TV show with Washington Senators sportscaster Bob Wolff, featuring Ted Williams, Cleveland Indians outfielder Rocky Colavito and team pitchers Don Mossi, Ray Narleski and Gary Bell; and a 1957 excerpt from "The Mike Wallace Interview" program featuring Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller, also will be screened.

For more information, call Northwestern's Block Cinema at (847) 491-4000 or visit www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu.

(Nathalie Rayter, a junior in the School of Education and Social Policy, contributed to this story.)
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