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)

The Phillies signed Danny Espinosa to a minor league deal

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Scott Lauber of the Philly Inquirer reports that the Phillies have agreed to terms with infielder Danny Espinosa. He’ll report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

This will be Espinosa’s fourth organization this year, as he has spent time under contract with the Yankees, Blue Jays and Dodgers in 2018, being released by all three teams after a few weeks. He last appeared in the big leagues in 2017, hitting a mere .173/.245/.278 in 93 games for the Angels, Mariners and Rays. He hit 20 homers a couple of times way back in the day, though, and I guess that — and the humility to accept minor league assignments — will earn you shots if you’re a good guy and you’re in decent shape.