Baseball films from the silent era
REEL BASEBALL 1899-1926
2 Features 11 Shorts 2 DVDs
Featuring Babe Ruth in the 1920 drama ‘HEADIN’ HOME’
This DVD collection features a cornucopia of early – and, in many cases, extremely rare – baseball films, offering privileged peeks into early twentieth century American lifestyles and values. It includes newly remastered and scored versions of two important early baseball features: The Busher (1919), a delightful comedy-drama featuring silent cinema legends Charles Ray, Colleen Moore, and John Gilbert; and Headin’ Home (1920), spotlighting a young, shockingly svelte Babe Ruth in his first motion picture starring role. Other items include Casey at the Bat or The Fate of a “Rotten” Umpire (1899), one of the first representations of baseball on celluloid; a 1922 experimental sound film featuring aging matinee idol DeWolf Hopper reciting “Casey at the Bat” Hearts and Diamonds (1914), a comedy with roly-poly screen star John Bunny; One Touch of Nature (1917), which features New York Giants Hall of Fame manager John McGraw; and Felix Saves the Day (1922), an animated short starring Felix the Cat. His Last Game (1909) and The Ball Player and the Bandit (1912) blend baseball with the American West.
So kick off your spikes, slip on your favorite baseball cap, and prepare to be transported to an earlier, more innocent age.
– Rob Edelman
- Headin’ Home
featuring Babe Ruth
1920 73 Min.
featuring Babe Ruth
undated 1 Min.
- His Last Game
1909 12 Min.
- The Ball Player and the Bandit featuring Harold Lockwood
1912 12 Min.
- The Busher
featuring Charles Ray, Colleen Moore, John Gilbert
1919 55 Min.
- Casey at the Bat or The Fate of a “Rotten” Umpire
1899 1 Min.
- How the Office Boy Saw the Ball Game
1906 5 Min. (fragment)
- Hearts and Diamonds featuring John Bunny
1914 33 Min.
- One Touch of Nature featuring John McGraw
1917 18 Min. (excerpt)
- Felix Saves the Day featuring Felix the Cat
1922 7 Min.
- Casey at the Bat featuring DeWolf Hopper
1922 6 Min.
- Butter Fingers featuring Billy Bevan
1925 16 Min.
- Happy Days
1926 14 Min.
Produced for video by Jessica Rosner
Music composed and performed by David Drazin, David Knudtson, and Ben Model.
Film elements provided by Dennis Atkinson, Film Preservation Associates, the Larson-Casselton Collection, the Library of Congress, and Lobster Films.