This afternoon I ran into a story, via Daniel Cooper at engadget (link here), that announced the recent downloading of over 550,000 vintage film reels onto youtube by the Associated Press. Along with partner British Movietone they hope to create a "view-on-demand visual encyclopedia" for everyone to enjoy. So, I figured I should take a moment and check it out. After all, they likely have well over 100 years of unseen archives hidden within their vault. Check out some of the vintage Dodger videos that I've discovered so far below:
Here is some color footage of an empty Dodger Stadium in October 1966 and practicing on the field are the American League pennant winning Baltimore Orioles preparing for the upcoming World Series against the Dodgers.
This next video is undated, but likely comes from the 1960's. Watch a spring training video highlighting a visit by the Tokyo Giants to Dodgertown at Vero Beach. It starts at about the 1:36 mark.
Here's a bunch of soundless clips from the 3rd game of the 1963 World Series at Dodger Stadium. You see the growing crowd, the admission and concession lines, fans in the stands, players warming up (including Berra and Drysdale) and some game play. BTW, the Dodgers won 1-0.
And here's the best of the bunch. below is some B&W video inside the Dodger clubhouse after Sandy Koufax pitched a complete game gem to win the 1963 World Series against the Yankees. Watch some of the celebration, Vin Scully interviewing Sandy and Walter Alston, and the Dodger players singing a version of the Mickey Mouse Club song but with mouse replaced with "Moose" (wha!!!). It must be in reference to Dodger infielder Moose Skowron. As you may know, Moose played for the Yankees nine years prior to his joining the Dodgers.
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