Long before Sportscenter…even before your local TV sportscast..fans got their highlights and sports news from newsreels shown in movie theaters. Now, a new DVD and book has collected some vintage film from the golden era of baseball.
If you’re looking to buy yourself a holiday gift or someone is asking you for suggestions, you could do worse than a new book/DVD collection that brings the old newsreels to life once again.
By utilizing the National Archives and various other sources, author Les Krantz reviewed hundreds of two-to-four minute newsreels narrated by well-known voices such as Mel Allen, Ed Thorgersen, Graham McNamee and Ed Herlihy. From Lou Gehrig’s famous farewell through Bobby Thomson’s "Shot Heard ‘Round the World" to the opening of the Astrodome in 1965, Krantz looked at all the moments that fans will remember and put them in the book and DVD. But it was the little-known gems that the author found in his research that really made this project special.