In Celebration of Opening Day: Unseen Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Footage

by Rachel Baker on March 31, 2014

Here is a gem to help you celebrate Opening Day. It doesn’t matter who your favorite baseball team is, you most likely will be able to appreciate this story. A researcher found unseen footage of Babe Ruth’s first game of the 1025 season AND the beginning of Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak where he didn’t miss another game for 14 years.

A researcher for the Baseball Hall of Fame recently discovered previously unseen video footage of the 1925 New York Yankees including stars Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Walter Johnson (see video below).

The researcher discovered the footage looking through a collection of Fox Movietone News outtakes at the University of South Carolina. He was able to date the game in question using some visual clues including the uniform being warn by the catcher.

The game, which took place on June 1, 1925 against the Washington Senators, was important at the time because it marked the first game of the season for Ruth who missed the first two months with “The Bellyache Heard ‘Round the World” (at the time some speculated that Ruth just had digestive problems from overeating).

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