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Cubs historical sleuthing: Another color video from the 1930s

Wrigley Field is the star of this film.

The folks at Flagstaff Films have posted yet another fantastic color film from Wrigley Field from eight decades ago on their Twitter account.

Most of this video shows the New York Giants warming up for a game against the Cubs. Just one Cub is visible, briefly, No. 41 (John Bottarini). But there are some fascinating things about Wrigley Field that are visible here:

Rare Color-pre-game,1937 featuring NY Giants Carl Hubbell, Mel Ott, at Wrigley Field-“Pre-Ivy” on the OF walls. (from the Flagstaff Films baseball home movie archive) pic.twitter.com/XYh6lSLI4t

— Flagstaff Films (@Flagstafffilms) November 8, 2018

As noted in the tweet, the pitcher warming up is Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell. Another future Hall of Famer, Mel Ott, is visible warming up with a bat. What’s most interesting to me is the scene behind Ott as he swings the bat, from 0:11 to 0:18 in the video.

No, not the “RICKETTS” ad on the house on Waveland. We’ve been over that many times before; it advertises a restaurant about a mile from Wrigley that was owned by a Ricketts family that, to my knowledge, is no relation to the current …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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