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When It Was a Game (1991)

Unrated | | Documentary, History, Sport | TV Movie
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. Included is color footage of past major league ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Hank Aaron ... Himself (archive footage)
Bud Abbott ... Himself (archive footage)
Elden Auker Elden Auker ... Himself (voice)
Red Barber Red Barber ... Himself (voice)
Yogi Berra ... Himself (archive footage)
Clay Bryant Clay Bryant ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Roy Campanella Roy Campanella ... Himself (archive footage)
Ty Cobb Ty Cobb ... Himself (archive footage)
Lou Costello ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert W. Creamer Robert W. Creamer ... Himself (voice)
Joe Cronin Joe Cronin ... Himself (archive footage)
Dizzy Dean Dizzy Dean ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Dickey Bill Dickey ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe DiMaggio ... Himself (archive footage)
Bobby Doerr Bobby Doerr ... Himself (archive footage)


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. Included is color footage of past major league players and ballparks, many of the parks now defunct. Also included are literary readings, remembrances by former players, and baseball related music. Written by Mike Tuggle <dvdmike@yahoo.com>

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Followed by When It Was a Game 3 (2000) See more »

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Nice and nostalgic but it sure could have been better.
4 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Here in "When It Was a Game", HBO assembled a nice collection of color home movies of baseball from the 1930s the early 1960s (the DVD jacket says from the Depression to the 1950s, but there is a clip of President Kennedy at a Senators game from the early 60s). It must have taken a lot of work to gather up all the clips and put them together--and I appreciate this. However, while I enjoyed this nostalgic look at baseball in 'the good old days', it could have been much better. For many viewers, seeing the film will be frustrating because up until near the end, none of the players or fields are labeled. And, in a few clips, non-players such as Mayor LaGuardia and Connie Mack are shown but never identified in any way (Mack himself appeared about four times). I know it would have taken longer, but identifying these folks and locations sure would have made the film more enjoyable. And, even when the field names were mentioned later in the show, WHERE the fields were wasn't mentioned in most cases--and seemed to assume everyone knew where Forbes Field, Griffith Stadium and Crosley Field and many of the other fields were located. Considering I grew up in the 1960s and know a lot about old time baseball, I did better than most but still felt a bit lost now and then. Just tossing together clips and adding narration wasn't enough for me--plus SEEING the old-time players talk instead of just recordings of their voice-overs would have been nice as well. Worth seeing but frustrating.

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