Baseball season starts this month. Whoop, whoop. I love watching the Clippers (there are home games every day this week). I also love the Rare Baseball Films series the Wexner has been offering at the start of each season for nine years now.
This year’s showcase features newsreels from the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Hearst Metrotone News Collection. Nerd squeal!
The clips are mostly old entertainment journalism-style features made to engorge a sports-star-hungry TV audience. Highlights include footage from the following: Babe Ruth’s last game with the Yankees and first spring training with the Boston Braves; a Hollywood charity game with Buster Keaton and Jack Benny; Jackie Robinson at home with his family, and Indians players trying to catch balls thrown from the top of the Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland. There are rare baseball artifacts and memorabilia in the Wexner’s lower lobby on view, too.
Tickets are $7 for the general public. Score.