From the Academy: Satchel Paige


In light of the current controversy regarding the Oscars, which will be awarded this weekend, I found this piece of film on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ YouTube page particularly fascinating…

 

According to the blog, Royal Heritage, the footage is from an exhibition game that took place at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles in November 1948:

“Satchel had for years taken part in post-season tours pitching against Dizzy Dean and then Bob Feller, but in 1948 his foils were Indians teammates Gene Bearden and Bob Lemon (who managed the MLB KC Royals between 1970-72). Bearden is not a well known player these days, but was a sensation in ’48 after going 20-7 with an AL best 2.43 ERA and helping the Indians to the World Series crown. The lefty #30 seen starting around the 23 second mark is Bearden. … some of the people in the crowd shots are MGM bigwigs, which matches up with another article in the same issue of The Sporting News about Bearden having been cast in the Jimmy Stewart movie The Stratton Story. The article even mentions that Bearden sat in the MGM box for the second half of the twin bill that day. Satchel and Bearden both appeared as themselves in another movie, The Kid From Cleveland, around the same time.”

Happy Weekend!

~ baseballrebecca

 

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