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Baseball Rarities (free)

Cinematheque closes out its summer season with some footage from across baseball history. Info


Baseball connoisseur and film expert Dave Filipi (who received his masters degree in film theory from UW-Madison) brings his two loves together in this showcase of vintage baseball film. Filipi, now director of film and video at the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio, will visit Cinematheque in person to present a guided tour of the clips he's selected from the University of California Los Angeles news archive, discussing various caught-on-film touchstones in the game that used to help bind America together.

While the clips themselves weren't available for previewing ahead of this screening, some of the moments you'll see in this collection notorious in their own right. For example, the retirement press conference of the heavily accoladed, youngest-ever hall of fame pitcher Sandy Koufax—announcing that he won't play a game that requires painkillers—show us the through lines of health problems the sport still struggles with today. Over the two hours of Filipi's presentation, attendees will also see Babe Ruth's first and last days on the big league field (which could be an interesting before-and-after time lapse of the effects of celebrity and alcoholism), comedians Buster Keaton and Jack Benny making a mockery of the American pastime in an early version of a pros and celebs match, and a possibly questionable cultural exchange between Yankee showgirls and Japanese women. —Reid Kurkerewicz

Earlier Event: July 26
Eric Andre (multiple showtimes)
Later Event: July 27
Scott Fields