With the Cardinals playing the Angels this week, it will be the first time this Cardinals fan gets to see Albert Pujols take swings against his former team in a real game. For 11 years, he was the face of the franchise, the team's perennial MVP. As late as 2011, fans couldn't think of him as wearing any other uniform than the Birds on the Bat.
It is always a strange sight when we see players who dominate the landscape wearing one uniform don another cities colors. Whether it be the likes of Hank Aaron as a Brewer, Willie Mays as a Met or Babe Ruth as a Boston Brave, it just doesn't feel right. So, when we talk about today's clip, it seems strange to see Duke Snider wearing a New York Mets uniform.
The clip shown needs no investigating to narrow down the date. It is April 16, 1963. The New York Mets played the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field. Jim Maloney started for the Reds, thus adding yet another classic clip (and another in color for that matter) of Jim Maloney to the rolls. This is (off the top of my head) the oldest color videotape clip that survives of baseball footage.
The video for this clip can be found here courtesy of MLB.com. I'm sure a Mets fan would be better able to tell us if this a WOR clip with either Kiner, Nelson or Murphy or if this must be a WLWT broadcast out of Cincinnati.
The Duke of Flatbush singled in the 2nd inning to take his career hits total to 2,000.
In this clip we get a brief look at a young Pete Rose playing second base. Pete would pick up only his 3rd career hit in this game. This game also featured Frank Robinson, a relief appearance by Joe Nuxhall and a rare pinch hit appearance by future Mets manager Gil Hodges.
What makes this clip so great is that it is a night game. If this game had been in black and white, it would be much harder to see the players as often times night games do not translate well on kinescope. However, being in color and on video, you can still pick up the tone of the grass and the flannel grey the Mets are wearing.
I attempted to contact the MLB Archives to find out if this is the lone footage from this game, the source of this videotape and how much more of this at-bat survived. Update: This is part of a partial game.