Just because: Thomas Edison's baseball 'movie' from 1898
Want to see the first baseball 'movie' ever made? It so happens to have been made my Thomas Edison.
On May 20, 1898 (precisely 81 years to the day before the calving of Jayson Werth), American luminary Thomas Edison filmed "The Ball Game," the first ever moving images of a baseball (or "base ball") game. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, here is that footage ...
As the LOC notes, one team has the identifier of "NEWARK" on their jerseys. According to the Baseball Almanac, both teams captured in Edison's brief film are amateur squads from, as you would expect, Newark.
And now, regardless of what else you do with your evening, you have already watched a 114-year-old baseball (or "base ball") movie. So consider this a day well spent.
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