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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Play Ball with Babe Ruth "Just Pals"

This 1931 film, titled Just Pals, was one of a series of short baseball instructional films that Babe Ruth made in the early 1930s. The plot is a little bit on the corny side, but it is a fun peek back in time. Ruth was still in pretty good shape in 1931.

During the first two games of the 1972 American League Championship Series, Oakland's Bert Campaneris was the best player on the field. With Oakland having defeated Detroit in the first game and leading 5-0 in the seventh inning of the second game, Detroit manager Billy Martin ordered relief pitcher Lerrin LaGrow to throw a pitch at the speedy Campaneris' ankles. As this clip shows, Campaneris reacted by throwing his bat at LaGrow! Both players were ejected and suspended for the rest of the ALCS.