New Footage of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth Discovered

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Newly unearthed footage of two baseball Hall-of-Fame baseball players is being held at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

The catch -- it was found right at a huge video archive at the University of South Carolina.

It's got baseball lovers and historians alike talking, and when it comes to the history of the game, Chris and Jack Mosely know that as well.

"I started when I was four," said Chris Mosely.

Jack, 8, collects baseball cards of some of the games greatest players.

"You get to see more things about older baseball players," Jack said, explaining his reasoning for enjoying some of the games more historical figures.

At a Black History Month celebratory event, Jack dressed as Hank Aaron, a black baseball player who played during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

His love of the game comes from his father.

The new footage is something special to them both.

"Any additional footage of Hall-of-Famers is a plus for everybody involved, lovers of the game, casual fans, historians," Chris Mosely said.

The footage was discovered by a curator at the Baseball Hall of Fame, who found it while looking for footage of the "Big Bambino," searching through 400 reels of baseball footage at the Fox MovieTone Archive at the University of South Carolina, where Greg Wilsbacher is the Curator.

"They were excited to see it, and we sent them copies for review," Wilsbacher said. "the film is all here. The film is unique. It doesn't exist anywhere else in the world. they're sitting there in our vault. It's just history waiting to be shared."

The soundless footage shows Ruth talking to a cameraman as Gehrig sits in the back observing.

It's significant for baseball lovers because it was shot on June 1, 1925, the day Gehrig started his streak of playing in 2,130 consecutive games.

Jack Mosely said Babe Ruth is his all-time favorite player, so along with the video, there is now one more piece of history to collect with his cards.

You can visit the University of South Carolina's Moving Image Research Collections by clickinghere.


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