These are the greats of baseball history, legends in their lifetime legends today. It's baseball as you've never seen it before the way you always imagined the way it was. WHEN IT WAS A GAME is composed entirely of 8 and 16 mm home movie footage taken by fans and the players themselves between 1934 and 1957. For the first time, star players and their stadiums step out of the black and white newsreel footage, and appear in living, breathing color. Players like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and Joe DiMaggio. Teams like The 'Gas House Gang' Cardinals, The New York Giants, and The Brooklyn Dodgers. Ballparks like Ebbets Field, Briggs Stadium, Crosley Field and Griffith Stadium. Names like these conjure up the magic of days gone by. This never before seen film footage, made available to the public for the first time, includes what is thought to be the oldest existing color footage of a World Series: the 1938 World Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. As time passed, baseball changed, some of the clubs, the parks, the players are no longer with us. But their memory is - and the magic of those memories is brought vividly to life, back WHEN IT WAS A GAME.

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When It Was a Game (1991)

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These are the greats of baseball history, legends in their lifetime legends today. It's baseball as you've never seen it before the way you always imagined the way it was. WHEN IT WAS A GAME is composed entirely of 8 and 16 mm home movie footage taken by fans and the players themselves between 1934 and 1957. For the first time, star players and their stadiums step out of the black and white newsreel footage, and appear in living, breathing color. Players like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and Joe DiMaggio. Teams like The 'Gas House Gang' Cardinals, The New York Giants, and The Brooklyn Dodgers. Ballparks like Ebbets Field, Briggs Stadium, Crosley Field and Griffith Stadium. Names like these conjure up the magic of days gone by. This never before seen film footage, made available to the public for the first time, includes what is thought to be the oldest existing color footage of a World Series: the 1938 World Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. As time passed, baseball changed, some of the clubs, the parks, the players are no longer with us. But their memory is - and the magic of those memories is brought vividly to life, back WHEN IT WAS A GAME.

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Cast
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Hank Aaron

Himself (archive footage)
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Bud Abbott

Himself (archive footage)
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Elden Auker

Himself (voice)
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Red Barber

Himself (voice)
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Yogi Berra

Himself (archive footage)
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Clay Bryant

Himself (voice) (archive footage)
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Roy Campanella

Himself (archive footage)
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Ty Cobb

Himself (archive footage)
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Lou Costello

Himself (archive footage)
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Robert W. Creamer

Himself (voice)
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Joe Cronin

Himself (archive footage)
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Dizzy Dean

Himself (archive footage)
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Bill Dickey

Himself (archive footage)
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Joe DiMaggio

Himself (archive footage)
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Bobby Doerr

Himself (archive footage)
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Leo Durocher

Himself (archive footage)
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Bob Feller

Himself (archive footage)
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Whitey Ford

Himself (archive footage)
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Jimmie Foxx

Himself (archive footage)
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Frankie Frisch

Himself (archive footage)
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Lou Gehrig

Himself (archive footage)
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Charlie Gehringer

Himself (archive footage)
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Joe Gordon

Himself (archive footage)
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Hank Greenberg

Himself (archive footage)
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Donald Hall

Himself (voice)
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Tommy Henrich

Himself (voice)
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Billy Herman

Himself (voice)
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George Hick

Himself (voice) (archive footage)
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Donald Honig

Himself (voice)
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Rogers Hornsby

Himself (archive footage)
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Carl Hubbell

Himself (archive footage)
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James Earl Jones

Himself (voice)
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Peter Kessler

Narrator (voice)
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Ralph Kiner

Himself (archive footage)
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Whitey Kurowski

Himself (voice)
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Mickey Mantle

Himself (archive footage)
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Willie Mays

Himself (archive footage)
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Stan Musial

Himself (archive footage)
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Don Newcombe

Himself (voice) (archive footage)
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Mel Ott

Himself (archive footage)
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Jesse Owens

Himself (archive footage)
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Leroy 'Satchel' Paige

Himself (archive footage)
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Max Patkin

Himself (voice) (archive footage)
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Pee Wee Reese

Himself (archive footage)
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Lawrence Ritter

Himself (voice)
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Jason Robards

Himself (voice)
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Robin Roberts

Himself (archive footage)
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Frank Robinson

Himself (archive footage)
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Jackie Robinson

Himself (archive footage)
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Ray Robinson

Himself (voice)
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Babe Ruth

Himself (archive footage)
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Roy Scheider

Himself (voice)
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Enos Slaughter

Himself (voice)
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Duke Snider

Himself (voice) (archive footage)
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Honus Wagner

Himself (archive footage)
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Bill Werber

Himself (voice)
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Burgess Whitehead

Himself (voice)
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Ted Williams

Himself (archive footage)
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Cy Young

Himself (archive footage)
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Brock Peters

Bass singer 'Play Ball, You All' (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Crew
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Steven Stern

Director
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

When It Was a Game

(DVD, Snapper)

4/18/2000

Disc Title Front Cover

When It Was a Game - Triple Play Collection

(DVD)

5/1/2001

Disc Title Front Cover

When It Was A Game: The Complete Collection

(Blu-ray, Slip Case)

6/7/2011

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