Rare footage of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig uncovered at USC
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:24:41 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Rare footage of two legends of the diamond has surfaced at The University of South Carolina.
South Carolina's Moving Image Research Collections Department has restored a 1925 newsreel of a baseball game between the Washington Senators and New York Yankees.
The film will catch the attention of any baseball fan with Yankee Legend Babe Ruth facing off against hall of fame pitcher Walter Johnson, but that's not what makes this a piece of history.
The film catches a young Lou Gehrig during the first game of his consecutive games streak.
In the film you can see Gehrig sitting in the dugout behind Ruth with his hand on his face.
Gehrig then a 21 year-old first baseman began his consecutive games streak the day this film was shot.
According to Major League Baseball researchers 'The Iron Horse" pinch hit for Pee-Wee Wanninger and played the next 2,129 games.
Major league researchers learned the game was filmed because it was The "Bambino's" first game of the season after undergoing surgery for a unknown stomach issue know as "The Bellyache Heard 'round the World."