From SABR member Craig Muder at BaseballHall.org on February 28, 2015, with mention of SABR member Tom Shieber:
For theater-goers in any other country around the globe in 1915, baseball at the movies would be virtually unknown.
Maybe that’s why some Dutch newsreel footage – recently discovered through pure chance – features, among other images, a baseball game between Canadian soldiers and Americans living in London played at the historic home of cricket: Lord’s Cricket Ground in England.
It is believed to be some of the earliest known footage of baseball being played on foreign soil.
“We are currently researching if there still exists earlier movies of baseball games played overseas,” said Tom Shieber, Senior Curator for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, who dates the footage as being played on Sept. 11, 1915, at Lord’s. “But what we can state for certain about this footage is that it was definitely shot at Lord’s and it’s definitely baseball.”
Read the full article here: http://baseballhall.org/discover/caught-on-film-1915-baseball-footage
Originally published: March 4, 2015. Last Updated: March 4, 2015.