Rare, newly discovered footage of Gehrig and Ruth unearthed

Lou Gehrig (left) reclines on the dugout bench as Babe Ruth talks to the camera crew. 

University of South Carolina MIRC

Take a peek into baseball history with this newly found archival footage of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

The video shows Ruth, playing his first game of the season (after missing 41), battling it out against Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators at Yankee Stadium in 1925.

The footage date of June 1, 1925, is possibly even more significant for Lou Gehrig. Gehrig, who in the video can be seen reclining on the dugout bench behind Ruth, was about to embark on a historic run.

It was the first game in which he had participated in four days. The next day Gehrig started at first base and didn’t take another day off until May 2, 1939. It was the beginning of his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played.

Tom Shieber, senior curator of the Baseball Hall of Fame, found the footage in the Fox Movietone archive at the University of South Carolina’s moving image research collections.

"It’s amazing to see," said Shieber, who wrote up his discoveries on his website, Baseball Research. "To me, there’s a real human connection when you can see how they hold themselves on film. You don’t see it in photos. … It might be the earliest moving footage of Gehrig ever."

Get out the peanuts and Cracker Jack and enjoy the video, courtesy of the University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections

A longer clip, including some of Ruth’s at-bats, can be found at Baseball Research.