Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Rare baseball films show tonight at CMA

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 12:10 PM

a53b/1243440545-andyseminick_phillies.jpg For the past six years, Dave Filipi, film and video curator at Columbus' Wexner Center for the Arts, has presented a program of archival baseball footage at the Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Blvd., 216.421.7350, This year's program, Dave Filipi Presents Rare Films From the Baseball Hall of Fame, comes to the museum tonight at 6:30. It includes a collection of short films that includes: motion studies of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson; a documentary about the late, great Roberto Clemente; and a silent clip of Jackie Robinson participating in his first training camp. "It was the first year Jackie Robinson was with the Brooklyn Dodgers in a minor-league capacity," says Filipi. "For the most part, it's a home movie. But then all of a sudden, you see Jackie Robinson walking up to the plate, and he gets a hit and rounds first. I don't know if that's literally his first at-bat with the Montreal Royals, the Dodgers' farm team, but it's pretty cool." There's also a clip from a half-hour film called Baseball: The Now Career, an attempt to recruit young kids into the sport that includes cameos by Nolan Ryan and Johnny Bench. “It’s a half hour film intended to show to high school kids to convince them that baseball is a great career,” Filipi says. “One of the funniest segments is a montage of New York City that shows the lights and people as if to say ‘this is what’s waiting for you.’” Another highlight is a silent snippet of the Detroit Tigers playing the New York Yankees in 1955. Back then, the monuments in center field were in play and you can see a ball bounce one of them as an outfielder tries to track it down. Filipi can't attend tonight’s screening because of a scheduling conflict, but CMA's John Ewing will use Filipi's notes to introduce the clips. Tickets: $8.



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