LOU GEHRIG STEPS DOWN, BABE RUTH TRAINS GIRLS SOFTBALL PLAYERS Lou Gehrig, the colorful Yankee first baseman and pioneer of over 2000 straight games in his 15 years in the game, takes himself out of the line-up before the game with the Detroit Tigers.
The "King of Swat", Babe Ruth, turns instructor and shows girl softball players how to hit the ball. He's still in form as he smacks a few and then autographs balls for the players.
PRES ROOSEVELT'S 57TH BDAY President Roosevelt's 57th Birthday broadcast heads the nation's drive to raise funds for infantile paralysis victims. Then the First Lady cuts a huge cake at the President's Birthday Ball.
Date: February 1, 1939 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:00:40:00, With Audio
BASEBALL OPENER YANKEES VERSUS RED SOX Baseball's opening game is played. The World Champions, the New York Yankees, defeat the Boston Red Sox 2 to 0 and start after another pennant. Babe Ruth is on hand to watch the opener. Nice close ups of balls and bats. Managers Joe McCarthy and Joe Cronin are featured.
FOOTBALL PRACTICE IN THE WATER Attired in swim trunks, the Miami University aspiring football players report for special training, which includes "blocking" off the pier, and catching the ball in mid-air from a diving board!
FDR'S BIRTHDAY PARTY 4,000 persons, including the President Roosevelt's mother, attend a birthday celebration for Roosevelt at the Waldorf-Astoria. Mayor LaGuardia unveils a bust of F.D.R. Guests dance on the dance floor and balloons fall from the ceiling.
MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS Floats adorned with decorations and people in festive costumes parade down Bourbon Street in New Orleans for the opening of the Mardi Gras festival. The King and Queen of the celebration greet the public. People dance at the Mardi Gras ball.
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