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Film, Video The ball game

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About this Item


  • The ball game


  • Photographed from one camera position behind home plate, the film shows a baseball game in progress. The Reading pitcher has just let a Newark batter walk to first. He gets up on his toes, ready to head for second base. The next batter up cracks first ball pitched for a two bagger, and races for the base with a burst of speed. The first baseman just misses a put-out. A man on the coaching line yells, the umpire runs up to make a decision, and a small boy runs behind the catcher, close to the stands, where there is a great commotion.


  • Heise, William, production, camera
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1898.


  • -  Baseball--New Jersey--Newark


  • Actualities (Motion pictures)
  • Filmed baseball games
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  31442 U.S Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.; 20May98; 31442.
  • -  Duration: 0:27 at 28 fps.
  • -  Summary mostly taken from Edison motion pictures, 1890-1900.
  • -  According to the Baseball reference WWW site, in 1898, the Newark, N.J. team was the Newark Colts. The Reading, PA team was the Reading Coal Heavers.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1317) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Early motion pictures, p. 21; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures, 1890-1900, p. 441; Baseball reference WWW site, viewed August 28, 2013.
  • -  Camera, William Heise.
  • -  Photographed in Newark, New Jersey, probably sometime between May 16-18, 1898.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (25 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (25 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. ca. 50 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4331 (viewing print)
  • FRA 0023 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0037C (paper pos)
  • Box 5157A (paper pos, copy 2)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00563587

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Thomas A. Edison, Inc, and Paper Print Collection. The Ball Game. produceds by Heise, Williamuction, Camera United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc, 1898. Video.

APA citation style:

Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1898) The Ball Game. Heise, W., prod United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Thomas A. Edison, Inc, and Paper Print Collection. The Ball Game. prod by Heise, Williamuction, Camera United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc, 1898. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.