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Negro Leagues Baseball (1946)

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Footage of Reece 'Goose' Tatum and other players, taken prior to a game between the Indianapolis Clowns and the Kansas City Monarchs.


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Uncredited cast:
Sam Hairston Sam Hairston ... Himself (uncredited)
Richard King Richard King ... Himself (uncredited)
Hilton Smith Hilton Smith ... Himself (uncredited)
Herb Souell Herb Souell ... Himself (uncredited)
Reece 'Goose' Tatum Reece 'Goose' Tatum ... Himself (uncredited)


Footage of Reece 'Goose' Tatum and other players, taken prior to a game between the Indianapolis Clowns and the Kansas City Monarchs.

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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. This version has an orchestral score and runs 8 minutes. The source of this film is uncertain, but most likely it was part of a newsreel intended for black audiences. See more »

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Impossible to rate...but fascinating.
17 July 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of fifty films from the DVD collection "Treasures From American Film Archives" and like most of the films, it's an ephemeral piece that would have otherwise been forgotten. It consists of players from the Negro Leagues warming up at Crosley Field (home of the Cincinnati Reds). Much of it features Reece Tatum and is reminsicent of a baseball version of the Harlem Globetrotters. This is NOT at all surprising, as Tatum actually played in both worlds--with the Negro Leagues during the summer and touring with the Globetrotters in the off-season. Who originally filmed this is uncertain but it was made in the 1940s before the Major Leagues were integrated.

Because of the sort of film this is, it's impossible to rate but also a very valuable piece of history as well as the black American experience--especially since such footage normally wouldn't have made it to theaters or been seen by anyone other than the person taking the footage in the first place as well as their friends and family.

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