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Rare footage of 1919 World Series

Baseball fans are in for a delight, as rare footage of the infamous 1919 World Series that was marred by the Black Sox scandal has been unearthed.

The Dawson City Museum and Historical Society Collection and the Library and Archives of Canada have released a four-and-a-half minute long newsreel clip that shows the game where several Chicago White Sox players were paid off to throw the series against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Reds ended up winning the series five games to three (a best-of-nine format was used).

As a result of the scandal, eight players – most famously Shoeless Joe Jackson – were given a lifetime ban from baseball.

“I’m not aware of there being any other footage of the 1919 World Series,” said filmmaker Bill Morrison (via The Columbus Dispatch), who found the clip in the Canadian national archive, “yet it’s inspired who-knows-how-many Hollywood movies.”

The footage also shows the massive crowd at the stadium and an aerial view of the game.

But even more incredible than the footage may be how it was obtained.

Cans of the footage were once used to fill up a swimming pool that was being converted into a hockey rink in the Canadian Yukon.

The cache of films was revealed when the rink was bulldozed in 1978, but sat in an archive until this January when Morrison, a White Sox fan, found a clip labeled “1919 World Series.”

“I’m from the South Side of Chicago, so when I saw the ‘ 1919 World Series,’ I perked up,” he said.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide, blogger and reporter in the sports section. He currently covers high school and local tennis and has written about a variety of sports.



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