Footage of the 1919 World Series discovered

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“Discovered” is a loose term here. It was found in the early 70s when a cache of films was uncovered in the Yukon permafrost. But after it was labeled it was stashed away a preservation center in Quebec, operated by Library and Archives Canada. It said “1919 World Series” on it, but if you weren’t looking for it or weren’t a savvy enough baseball fan to know the significance of that series and the Black Sox scandal, you may have just passed it by.

Now the film, which is a British-Canadian newsreel of the event, has been uncovered and publicized. And here it is:

This way better than “Field of Dreams.” Not as good as “Eight Men Out.” Three of four stars.

(Thanks to reader Josh for the heads up)

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.