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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1952 World Series game seven kinescope: some observations.

Watched in its entirety with no replays or other distractions from the natural dead time of a baseball game, it's boring, just in a different way from today's longer games.

Tuesday, October 7, 1952 Ebbets Field
Attendance: 33,195, Time of Game: 2:54

Yankee 4, Dodgers 2

play-by-play: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BRO/BRO195210070.shtml

kinescope of the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqZnPQnxO9U

Kinescope: "recording of a television program made by filming the picture from a video monitor"

You can hear the sound of the film projector recorded when the film was run to create the digital video on youtube.

Starting Lineups

1. Ebbets Field outfield walls look so close.

2. Starting pitchers simultaneously warm up on either side of home plate on flat ground before the game.

3. No batting helmets.

4. Batters stay in the box about 99% of the time.

5. Pitchers waste a lot of time.

6. Hodges and McDougald when making the third putout flip their mitt/glove on the ground near first and third.

7. Seven Hall of Famers among the eight players in four positions up the middle: Dodger 2B, both C, SS, CF.  One in the four corner positions: Yankee 1B.  No pitchers.

8. McDougald, Cox, Woodling make basket catches.

9. Not much crowd noise; no rallying noise to encourage home team to score.

10. Announcers Mel Allen and Red Barber work alone, each 4.5 innings.  No chatter, just play-by-play.

11. Even with batters staying in the box the pace is slow.  If the 12 second rule was in effect then, it was ignored as it is now.

12. Surprisingly good historical facts shared by the announcers: home run and strike out records.

13. Pitchers very loosey goosey.  Just tossing strikes, with easily recognizable curves mixed in.  Mel Allen mentioned that Preacher Row threw a screwball and change up but mostly it seems to be not very fast fastballs and slow curves, which fool batters.

14. Batters are also loosey goosey with many bats held closer to horizontal than today.  More open stances.  Many batters, including Mickey Mantle, choking up.

15. No brushbacks.  Pitchers are generally better behaved in World Series games because everyone is watching but this game seems especially calm.

16. No players dressed very differently from others; no Micheal Pineda with his hat to the side and shirt unbuttoned.  No unsportsmanlike conduct.

17. No closers.

18. 6 of the 7 pitchers in this game started games in this WS; the only non-starter made his only appearance in this WS and saved the game: Bob Kuzava.

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