One of my favorite baseball collections is the When It Was a Game series that HBO broadcast in the 1990’s. This series consisted of color movies of baseball’s yesteryear.
A new series which follows in the footsteps of that collection is the Flagstaff Films production Baseball’s Golden Age, which will be aired nationally on FSN outlets across the country, and here locally on Comcast SportsNet starting this Sunday, July 6th at 8:00pm.
Steve Stern is the show’s creator and producer, and he was a partner in Black Canyon Productions, which produced the above mentioned When It Was a Game trilogy. Baseball’s Golden Age is made up completely of color footage from the 1920’s through the 1960’s, some of which looks like it could’ve been shot yesterday.
A review DVD recently showed up on my desk, and the first episode happens to have a pretty big Boston angle, exploring the Ted Williams/Joe DiMaggio rivalry – all with original color footage from the 1940’s and 1950’s. There are plenty of shots of Fenway Park in the footage, and you can see the advertising on and above the Green Monster.
This episode also goes into the New York rivalry between the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers, and features familiar Boston faces such as Bud Collins and Alan Dershowitz, who grew up in that environment.
The show closes with never seen before color footage of Babe Ruth, and commentary from Leigh Montville, author of The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth.
As mentioned, the first episode, with the above content is scheduled to be show on Comcast Sportsnet on Sunday, July 6th at 8:00pm.