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This is old news, and I’ve already linked to it; but here is that John Donaldson footage from 1925 that was uncovered a few years ago. Now it’s embedded, therefore it’s cooler.
Posted by Gary Ashwill on May 29, 2008 at 08:44 PM in films, john donaldson | Permalink
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You may be right. The guy on the mound IS a lefty, and the cut of his socks is closer to Donaldson in the first sequence than the batter's socks are.
Since it's a silent reel, it's difficult to tell what the intent is, and it never occurred to me to think that it could be "Here is J.D. batting, and here is J.D. pitching".
Patrick Rock |
June 8, 2008 at 01:40 AM
Maybe it's just me, but I believe that's actually John Donaldson on the mound, blowing a fastball by an ill-equipped farmer guy in the second sequence.
Scott Simkus |
June 7, 2008 at 10:28 AM
Am I imagining things, or does this clip indicate John Donaldson to be a switch hitter?
In the first sequence, he swings lefty and runs to first; in the second, he bats righty, swings and misses, and the ump raises his right hand (just to be sure that one of the images was not projected backwards). He's definitely hitting from both sides of the plate.
Was he just trying to impress the crowd, or maybe deliberately taking a handicap in this exhibition, or was he actually a switch hitter?
A new mystery, perhaps?
Patrick Rock |
June 6, 2008 at 10:40 AM
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