D.C. Baseball History Outlet for Books and Videos

This area is for the D.C. Baseball History lover. You will find links to some of the best books and videos of D.C. Baseball History. Click on the title of the books for information.

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Videos

MICKEY VERNON’S HALL OF FAME VIDEO “ GRAND MEMORIES OF A GREAT CHAMPION”

Few fans of Major League baseball history need an introduction to the name Mickey Vernon. In a playing career that spanned 22 years, playing for five different teams in both leagues, he was a seven-time All-Star and two-time American League batting champion.

During his years in baseball, Mickey used a home movie camera to record the actions and antics of many of his teammates and competitors on the field. This record has been converted to a DVD, along with Mickey’s commentary on his playing career, made during the last years of his life. That DVD, titled “Grand Memories of a Great Champion”, consists of two parts: In Part I of the video, made from a series of twelve interview segments–six of them recorded just nine days before his death–Mickey reminisces about his years in baseball as a player, coach, manager and scout.

Part II consists of the images recorded when Mickey used his camera to document an era of baseball history that is now considered to be one of its Golden Ages–that period from 1947 through the 1950s. In this segment, 31 ultimate members of the hall of fame, among others, are captured on film as they practice, play ball, and just fool around.

This DVD has been viewed by representatives of baseball’s Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown and they regard it as being so valuable a documentation of baseball history that they have asked to be permitted to include it as part of the Hall of Fame’s official archives.

For information on how you can obtain a copy of this video: Log onto www.baseballdirect.com, go to the Baseball Videos section under miscellaneous and follow the ordering instructions. As an alternative, just call 888-244-8837. Proceeds will benefit the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa. For more information, call Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919.

George Case Jr. “Around the League 1939-46″

A “behind the scenes” look at major league baseball through the eyes of a major league ballplayer all in COLOR and complete with narration later provided by former Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians star outfielder, George Case Jr (Wikipedia).

This is a very rare look at major league baseball during the years immediately prior to WWII and concluding in 1946, a year after the end of the war. This is what life was like in the major leagues – not from a fan’s perspective, not from a newsreel, but from a ballplayer’s view.

You’ll see President Franklin D. Roosevelt “throwing out the first ball,” at least 15 future Hall of Famer’s in their playing days including Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Greenberg, Bill Dickey, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, spring training, bus rides, train travel, pre-game promotions, club house scenes and the life of a major league baseball player. ENJOY!

For information on how you can obtain a copy of this video: Log onto www.timelessbaseball.com or contact George Case III at timelessbaseball@verizon.net.

 

  • jim vankoski

    Mark, How about that. I just got around to watching the fantastic George Case Video “Around the League” and noticed that it takes you from 1939 through 1946 and the Mickey Vernon video starts with the year 1947 and takes you through 1963. The entire baseball world owes these two Washington Senators a big thank you for the insight that they have provided us during this most interesting time period in our history.