Nisei Baseball Project: Rare 1927 film footage of Ruth, Gehrig, and Japanese-American all-stars

From SABR member Bill Staples Jr. at the Nisei Baseball Project on October 28, 2014:

Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Japanese American Baseball all-stars playing together in Fresno, CA at Fireman’s Ballpark. Only on-field 16mm footage taken during the eight city tour. The Nisei were on Gehrig’s team and beat Babe Ruth’s 13-3. Taizo Toshiyuki filmed these ballplayers on October 29, 1927. Through the spirit of Gail Zenimura Dunn’s passing, we obtained the reel and digitized it to this format. Group photo includes (Lt to Rt ), Johnny Nakagawa, Lou Gehrig, Kenichi Zenimura, Babe Ruth, Fred Yoshikawa and Harvey Iwata. (Courtesy of Taizo Toshiyuki family, Frank Kamiyama photographer and NBRP ).

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Originally published: October 29, 2014. Last Updated: October 29, 2014.