Over the past 20 years, Flagstaff Films has assembled a vast footage library consisting of nearly 200 hours of vintage, one of a kind, sports film. The bulk of the material, approximately 100 hours, features original home movies from baseball's golden age, the years from 1920 to 1970. Shot by players and fans, much of the material is in vivid color, and includes many of the game's legendary stars and historic venues. Other material from the Library includes nearly 50 hours of Olympic home movies from 1932 to 1968, as well as a substantial amount of film from the American Basketball Association and college athletics.
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The Flagstaff Film Library "When It Was A Game" baseball footage library is, in a word, unique. Some of the highlights include the only existing color moving images of Lou Gehrig, as well as several minutes of color film of baseball immortals Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. The Library also includes the oldest existing color film of a World Series, the 1938 Fall Classic with the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, as well as color footage of each of the original 16 major league teams, including the now departed Boston Braves, St. Louis Browns, and Philadelphia Athletics. Stadiums and ballparks like Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds and Sportsmans Park in St. Louis also exist in vibrant color.
The Flagstaff Olympic library includes the only existing color image of the 1936 Olympics and that years Olympic team. Also in the library are color films of the 1948 London Olympics, the 1952 Helsinki Games, the '56 Games in Melbourne, the '60 Games in Rome, '64 in Tokyo, and Mexico City in 1968. Some of the Olympic legends include Decathlete Bob Mathias, Divers Sammy Lee and Pat McCormick, Basketball Players Bill Russell and Jerry West, and Boxer Muhammed Ali. Winter Olympics highlights include the 1960 Squaw Valley Games with skiing, ski jumping, and unique images of outdoor figure skating and ice hockey, including the gold medal winning United States team.
AMERICAN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Among the many highlights of the Flagstaff ABA library, is rare color footage of Julius Erving with both the Virginia Squires and the New York Nets. Also included is unique footage throughout the life of the league, from 1967-1974, with teams like the New Jersey Americans, Pittsburgh Pipers, and Oakland Oaks, and players like Rick Barry, Larry Brown, Dan Issel and Artis Gilmore.
Flagstaff Films has uncovered and has in its possession a vast amount of previously unseen college basketball and football films. Among the highlights are hours of rare color films of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) teams from 1950-1960, including footage of North Carolina's National Championship team of 1957. Other highlights include east coast powers of the day, like St. Johns and NYU.
Various other highlights of the Library include rare color images of the New York Giants in the Polo Grounds, Notre Dame football in Yankee Stadium, the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Santa Anita Racetrack in California, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, and Bobby Jones at the Masters golf tournament, and the late 1950's Stanley Cup winning dynasty Montreal Canadians.
NEW YORK CITY SCENICS
The Flagstaff Films "City of Magic" Collection consists of approximately 10 hours of pristine color film of New York City in the 1950's. Scenes include streets, neighborhoods and activities, subways and airports, landmark buildings, Central Park in the summer and winter, the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Broadway, Ebbets Field, the New York Harbor, taxi cabs and crowded sidewalks.