Neyer: Looking for baseball treasures in new AP film archive

From SABR member Rob Neyer at on July 24, 2015:

My heart leaped when saw the news that the Associated Press is releasing one million minutes of video, via YouTube:

The public can now watch more than one million minutes of historical footage on YouTube thanks to a release Wednesday from The Associated Press and British Movietone.


The AP partnered with British Movietone, an organization with one of the world’s largest newsreel collections, to create the archive. The hope is that it will serve as a “video encyclopedia” for the public, according to the statement. The archive features more than 550,000 videos dating back to 1895.

Naturally, I went to the YouTube channel and expected to find stirring footage of Cap Anson in blackface and Shoeless Joe Jackson confessing to that newsboy in Chicago and all the rest of those things we’ve only read about.

Well, I haven’t found anything quite that interesting yet. So far, the best film I’ve seen are the highlights of Game 2 of the 1932 World Series, including the tidbit that Cubs stalwart Riggs Stephenson was nicknamed “Battleship” … by the corny announcer doing the voice-over anyway. Hey, seeing Babe Ruth bat a couple of times is pretty cool, too.

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Originally published: July 24, 2015. Last Updated: July 24, 2015.