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Hollywood / Filmdom Baseball Players

PostFri Jul 27, 2012 11:48 pm

AS ANOTHER THREAD HINTED (See Below),
HOLLYWOOD AND THE FILM COMMUNITY HAVE PRODUCED
AMERICA'S GREATEST BASEBALL PLAYERS,
SOME OF THEM STARS,
WHOSE BUSY SCHEDULES, ALAS,
LIMITED THEIR DIAMOND TIME
TO PICK-UP GAMES AND CHARITABLE EVENTS

http://www.nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10390&p=67881&hilit=BASEBALL#p67881
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EDGAR KENNEDY JOE COOK and BABE RUTH

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Hollywood Hobbies

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Mary and Her Coach

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PATHE + SCREEN SNAPSHOTS: HOLLYWOOD BASEBALL PLAYERS

PostSat Jul 28, 2012 12:57 am

BRITISH PATHE LOOKS AT HOLLYWOOD BASEBALL PLAYERS

COMEDIANS vs. LEADING MEN (See Posts Above)
Various shots at a sports ground / stadium where we see a team of Hollywood leading men playing baseball against a team of comedians. C/U of crooner film star Dick Powell, head of the leading men, about to take his turn at bat. C/U of comic star Joe E Brown, acting as commentator for the match. Mary Pickford throws the first ball of the game; Buster Keaton stands beside her, wearing a catcher's mitt. Brief shot of spectators in the stand. Walter Abel pitches, comedian Nat Pendleton bats and runs to first base; he has '00' on the back of his shirt. Comic trio The Ritz Brothers do some funny business; two of them are wearing old fashioned striped swimsuits. Comedian Vince Barnett pitches, actor John Boles hits the ball and starts running. Commentator tells us Jackie Coogan is the next to bat - I think it is actually Jackie Cooper, another former child star. Jimmy Ritz of the Ritz Brothers takes a swipe at the ball. C/U of Billy Gilbert as he watches the ball excitedly and tries to catch it. He misses and we see a cloud of smoke on the pitch, as if the ball has exploded.

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/stars-play-baseball-in-hollywood/query/Stars+Play+Baseball+In+Hollywood


"AMERICAN STARS AT BASEBALL"

L/S and M/S of crowded baseball stadium. Various shots, film stars either playing or watching the game. They include Vince Barnet, Shirley Temple, Warren William, Lucille Ball and Jeanette Macdonald

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/american-stars-at-baseball/query/Stars+Play+Baseball+In+Hollywood


SCREEN SNAPSHOTS HOLLYWOOD BASEBALL PLAYERS

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Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 21 (1931) Buster Keaton plays in a celebrity baseball game.
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Recreations (3/29/40) Hollywood celebrities attend various sport and entertainment attractions in LA. Buster Keaton, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard are briefly seen enjoying a baseball game. Sol Horowitz (father of Moe, Shemp, and Curly Howard) also appears.
Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 6 (1942) Alan Mowbray, then starring in a series of comedy shorts for Columbia, acts as Master of Ceremonies and tour guide on a trip to stores, shops and sports events in Hollywood. The first stop is at Slapsie Maxies where stars are watching the floor show, and then to a donut shop where several stars are seen dunking donuts. The short ends up at a charity baseball game between comedians and leading men.
Screen Snapshots: Out of This World Series (1947) Hollywood was always a big sports town, until it actually got some professional sports franchises, and many of the actors around town--- ex-jocks,would-be-jocks or just sports fans---belonged to and played on summer amatuer baseball or softball teams for recreation. And, staging a baseball game between two teams of actors was a good method of raising money for charity. Actors such as Ed Wynn,Kay Kyser,Danny Kaye, Joe E. Brown and Danny Thomas were foremost sports fans, had played the game at the semi-pro or professional level, and were involved in some kind of ownership of sports teams at various times in their careers. The game in this short was for charity and featured the Andy Russell Sprouts against the Frank Sinatra Swooners. Jack Carson and Hal "The Great Gildersleeve" Peary served as umpires in the game, with Mickey Rooney, John Garfield, Keenan Wynn, Peter Lawford, Danny Kaye, Danny Thomas, Jackie Cooper and others as a member of one of the teams. No, they didn't use Mickey Rooney for a base and, no, Peter Lawford didn't show up at a baseball game with a cricket bat. Or, maybe he did.
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JACK BENNY STEALS FIRST AND A BASEBALL

PostSat Jul 28, 2012 1:11 am

http://jackbenny.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=785
All-Star Cast For Baseball Say Anything Goes
HOLLYWOOD, July 6—(AP)—Anything goes, and most everything will, when Hollywood's male picture stars stage a benefit baseball game at Wrigley Field [the one in Los Angeles, not Chicago] July 18. Billed as a mighty struggle between the “Leading men” and the “comedians,” it will be hard to tell which team is which with line-ups that are slated to include: Joe E. Brown, Jack Benny, Robert Armstrong, John Boles, Leo Carillo, Jimmy Gleason, Jack Oakie, Vince Barnett, Clark Gable (maybe), Ricardo Cortez, Harry Ruby and and Sam Brisken (the only two serious players in the fold), Eddie Cantor the four Marx brothers (all playing second), Edward Arnold, Lew Ayers, Dick Powell, Buster Keaton and a host of others.

Movie Stars in Baseball Comedy As Hollywood in Benefit Battle
Los Angeles, Cal., July 18.—AP—Seventeen thousand fans howled themselves hoarse and the game of baseball took an awful beating today when Hollywood stars staged their annual diamond charity game. Lined up as the Comedians and the Leading Men, the game started off with a riot when the fun-makers stormed into the park on wheelchairs, crutches, wheelbarrows and a police patrol wagon. The heroes, all dark and handsome, put Walter Abel on the mound to start with and by the end of the second inning, one hour later, the Comedians had used up four pitchers and were still going strong. Jack Benny, with a cigar in his mouth, managed to reach first base on a walk where Georgie Jessel and Benny Fields served him with beer and sandwiches, but was almost lapped on a race around the bases when Vic Orsatti slammed a home run inside the park. Leo Carillo, from the microphone, requested Warner Baxter in the stands to stand up and 1000 men obliged. Accompanied by a caddy, Buster Keaton walked to the plate, selected a club the size of a young oak tree and threw the customers by dumping down a perfect bunt. The umpire, Victor Moore, threatened to oust him from the game for offering a bribe to the second baseman. The Leading Men, with Fred MacMurray on third and Ricardo Cortez on second, offered a strong defense until a ball was knocked into the infield. The entire Comedian team suddenly sprawled out on the ground after its outfielder, Lucien Littlefield, caught a long fly with ease. A moment later the comedy team of Mitchell and Durant, after turning respective body flips over a grounder, lit into each other in ono of their famous “fights.” Director Mervin Leroy, Andy Devine and Harry Ruby were the first pitchers for the Comedians. It didn't look like a Coast League ball game—the stands were practically filled. Unverified reports had the Comedians ahead in the trival matter of scoring runs.

BENNY PLAYS ROLE TO HILT
From The Ocala (Florida) Star-Banner, October 21, 1973: OAKLAND (AP) Comedian Jack Benny, invited to throw out the first ball at Saturday's World Series game, tried to keep it instead. The perpetual 39-year-old comic, who made a fortune out of posing as a cheapskate, faked a toss to Oakland A's catcher Gene Tenace, then put the ball in his coat pocket and sat down. A's owner Charles O. Finley, sitting next to Benny behind the Oakland dugout, jokingly forced Benny to surrender the $3 item, and the first ball was finally tossed to Tenace.
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"COMEDIANS VS. LEADING MEN" CELEBRITY BASEBALL GAME PROGRAM

PostSat Jul 28, 2012 1:34 am

"9x12", 16-page black and white program for Sep. 17, 1939 concert at San Francisco's Seals Stadium. "World's Greatest Baseball Game" featured the Ritz Brothers, Joe E. Brown, Buck Jones (riding his horse Silver), Keye Luke, Dick Purcell, Jane Withers, Roy Rogers and many others. Program has several black and white photographs throughout and centerfold contains 2 pages of "Your Favorite Star's Autograph" section with facsimile signatures of Clark Gable, Irving Berlin, Norma Shearer, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, Charles Laughton, Jack Dempsey, Eddie Cantor, Mary Pickford, Bing Crosby, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Mae West, Tyrone Power and many more. Handling wear with vertical crease at center.

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BORIS KARLOFF With JACK PIERCE AT CELEBRITY BALL GAME

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Baseball Revue of 1917

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October 13, 1917
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Re: HOLLYWOOD / FILMDOM BASEBALL PLAYERS

PostSat Jul 28, 2012 11:14 pm

El Brendel in the vaudeville show "Spice of 1922":

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Clara Bow on the hood of a car in baseball uniform.
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Re: EDGAR KENNEDY

PostMon Jul 30, 2012 5:18 am

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Who's that with Edgar, and was it one of the Leading Men vs. Comedians games? What was the date?
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Re: HOLLYWOOD / FILMDOM BASEBALL PLAYERS

PostMon Jul 30, 2012 6:13 am

Joe E. Brown and Buster Keaton between takes on "The Screen Director's Playhouse" episode The Silent Partner, 1955:

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Other branches of show biz also found baseball relaxing. Here's the Cab Calloway orchestra's team c. 1940 - Dizzy Gillespie on the right:

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PostMon Jul 30, 2012 2:26 pm

Best intersection of baseball with Hollywood I've seen occured in my favorite Lloyd picture, Speedy, when cab-driver Speedy picked up natural ham Ruth & drove him to Yankee Stadium.
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Re: HOLLYWOOD / FILMDOM BASEBALL PLAYERS

PostTue Jul 31, 2012 6:36 am

LouieD wrote:El Brendel in the vaudeville show "Spice of 1922":

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My god! He's a dead ringer for Albert Pujols!!!

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PostSat Aug 09, 2014 11:30 pm

Baseball was very popular. Studios fielded semi-pro teams, and later, intramural teams.
http://ladailymirror.com/2014/04/14/mar ... -baseball/
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Clara and Dizzy Dean

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Another one of these, dated 1939 (of course my money would be on the comedians):

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LARRY SEMON:Vaudeville Baseball Act

PostThu Aug 28, 2014 11:39 pm

Variety reviews Lawrence Semon 1914 baseball act Columns 4 & 1
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Re: HOLLYWOOD / FILMDOM BASEBALL PLAYERS

PostFri Aug 29, 2014 2:09 pm

Rollo Treadway wrote:Buster & Boris
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From the article "Houses I Have Haunted" by Boris Karloff, in the Oct. 4, 1941 issue of Liberty:

By way of a leavening note, I might add that the only time I really enjoyed playing the Monster was at the last annual charity baseball game in Hollywood between a team of comedians and a team of leading men. I strode up to the plate in my full make-up as Frankenstein's Monster -- whereupon Buster Keaton, who was catching for the comedians, promptly shrieked at the sight of me, did a backward somersault, and passed out cold behind the plate.

I waved my bat. The pitcher tossed the ball in my direction, and I swung at it as best I could, encumbered as I was with the Monster's metallic overalls. Luckily enough, I managed to tap the ball, which bounced crazily in the general direction of the pitcher's box. It should have been an easy out at first. But as I approached each base the opposing player fainted dead away. And the Three Stooges, who were playing second, all passed out cold. It was a home run -- though horrible!
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Little Tramp Lonesome Luke Eric Campbell

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Los Angeles Herald 28 March 1917
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Re: Hollywood / Filmdom Baseball Players

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A Baseball Western. On lost status.

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