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This film consists solely of 8mm and 16mm film taken by players and fans from 1934 and 1957. All but a few minutes of the film are in color... See more » | Add synopsis »
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When It Was a Game
 (From JustPressPlay. 19 June 2011, 8:09 PM, PDT)

Blu Monday: June 7, 2011
 (From 5 June 2011, 10:00 PM, PDT)

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A wonderful documentary about a bygone era. See more (5 total) »



Hank Aaron ... Himself (archive footage)

Bud Abbott ... Himself (archive footage)
Elden Auker ... Himself (voice)
Red Barber ... Himself (voice)

Yogi Berra ... Himself (archive footage)
Clay Bryant ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Roy Campanella ... Himself (archive footage)
Ty Cobb ... Himself (archive footage)

Lou Costello ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert W. Creamer ... Himself (voice)
Joe Cronin ... Himself (archive footage)
Dizzy Dean ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Dickey ... Himself (archive footage)

Joe DiMaggio ... Himself (archive footage)
Bobby Doerr ... Himself (archive footage)
Leo Durocher ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Feller ... Himself (archive footage)
Whitey Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimmie Foxx ... Himself (archive footage)
Frankie Frisch ... Himself (archive footage)

Lou Gehrig ... Himself (archive footage)
Charlie Gehringer ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Gordon ... Himself (archive footage)
Hank Greenberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Donald Hall ... Himself (voice)
Tommy Henrich ... Himself (voice)
Billy Herman ... Himself (voice)
George Hick ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Donald Honig ... Himself (voice)
Rogers Hornsby ... Himself (archive footage)
Carl Hubbell ... Himself (archive footage)

James Earl Jones ... Himself (voice)
Peter Kessler ... Narrator (voice)
Ralph Kiner ... Himself (archive footage)
Whitey Kurowski ... Himself (voice)

Mickey Mantle ... Himself (archive footage)

Willie Mays ... Himself (archive footage)
Stan Musial ... Himself (archive footage)
Don Newcombe ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Mel Ott ... Himself (archive footage)

Jesse Owens ... Himself (archive footage)
Leroy 'Satchel' Paige ... Himself (archive footage)
Max Patkin ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Pee Wee Reese ... Himself (archive footage)
Lawrence Ritter ... Himself (voice)

Jason Robards ... Himself (voice)
Robin Roberts ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Robinson ... Himself (archive footage)

Jackie Robinson ... Himself (archive footage)
Ray Robinson ... Himself (voice)

Babe Ruth ... Himself (archive footage)

Roy Scheider ... Himself (voice)
Enos Slaughter ... Himself (voice)
Duke Snider ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Honus Wagner ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Werber ... Himself (voice)
Burgess Whitehead ... Himself (voice)
Ted Williams ... Himself (archive footage)
Cy Young ... Himself (archive footage)

Brock Peters ... Bass singer 'Play Ball, You All' (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Writing credits
Steven Stern 

Produced by
Ross Greenburg .... executive producer
David Harmon .... producer (as David Harmon)
Eric Paulen .... associate producer
George Roy .... producer
Steven Stern .... producer
Original Music by
Ferdinand Jay Smith 
Film Editing by
George Roy 
Production Management
Sheila Dehner .... production manager
Sound Department
Larry Fain .... location sound
Barbara Flyntz-Bailey .... sound effects
Dick Maitland .... sound effects
Editorial Department
Stuart Ash .... on-line editor
Charles Marsella .... on-line editor
Richard Rachbach .... on-line editor
Alex Trocker .... on-line editor
Music Department
Mike Brown .... baseball music provider
Casey Filiaci .... music arranger
Daniel Shklair .... composer: additional music
Daniel Shklair .... music arranger
Other crew
George Ameer .... production assistant
Doug Anderson .... production secretary
Angela Carew .... literary clearances
Mary Healy .... literary clearances
Florence Zissler .... production secretary
Max Segal .... footage clearances (uncredited)
Thomas Heitz .... special thanks
James Mote .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:57 min
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful documentary about a bygone era., 2 November 2010
Author: PWNYCNY from United States

Play ball! There's a saying: a picture is worth a thousand words and nowhere is this saying more apropos than in this documentary. Containing remarkable footage, this documentary chronicles an era in baseball that also reveals much about American society in a bygone time. Baseball was really special; going to a ballgame was a big deal, a major social event. The players were larger than life. They played in ballparks that were like cathedrals - to a sport. Far from being bandboxes, the old ballparks, which were once new ballparks, were huge, sprawling structures, places that projected an aura of greatness that made one feel that they were witnessing a major historical event. And what made it even more special was that each game WAS a major historical event. Every game was an expression of American culture. Every game made an indelible mark on American history. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Di Maggio, Hank Greenberg, Ted Williams, all are icons of American history. Ebbets Field, The Polo Grounds, Shibe Park, Sportsmans Park, places that are still recalled with reverence by grown men and women who went to those places when they were kids. And it's all gone. A mere memory, but what a wonderful memory, a time when baseball was king. Remember, it was a time before television, which made the ballplayers seem that much more ... godlike. And this is not mere hyperbole. The baseball players from the past had a style and class that made them objects of admiration. They were loved and respected. They played a game that was uniquely American. The game was clean. It was fun. Times have changed; baseball is now a huge multibillion-dollar business which is played around the world. Other sports have taken over the limelight pushing baseball, if not off the stage, then to the side. But one thing that has not changed is this: the public's fascination with a special group of athletes who have the ability to successfully hit a hard ball with a bat, and as long as that fascination persists baseball will remain an important part of the American cultural scene.

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