The Posey Tube (named for Alameda County surveyor George Posey) opened in 1928, and provided the first non-bridge connection between Oakland and Alameda. This footage is from 8 years later in 1936, so it’s not clear that it’s for a particular event, and it’s a bit blurry and shaky. Regardless, as an Oakland historian it’s still kind of fun to see.
When I first found this footage, I quickly recognized Oaks Stadium in Emeryville. I was a bit confused, because it appeared to be a game between the Oakland Oaks (minor league) and the then-New York Giants (major league), which would only make sense if it was an exhibition game. I searched in archives of the Oakland Tribune but couldn’t find a mention of the game.
I posted the clip and what I knew on the Oakland History group on Facebook, and someone spotted a San Francisco Seals jersey, and someone else spotted Joe DiMaggio (then with the New York Yankees). Armed with the additional clues, I found articles about the game.
On October 25, 1936, the All-Star Majors and All-Star Minors (Pacific Coast League) played an exhibition game, as a fundraiser for the Alameda Elks club. Besides Joe DiMaggio, other players of note include Ernie Raimondi (McClymonds High School; Cincinnati Reds), Tony Lazzeri (San Francisco; New York Yankees), Dick Bartell (Alameda High School; New York Giants) and “Cookie” Lavagetto (Oakland; Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers). Also briefly visible is Lefty O’Doul (then manager of the San Francisco Seals). See the full box score with the lineups below.
September 6, 1937 was Labor Day. Andy and Alda had Andy’s brother Carl, his wife Paula, and some squirmy little kid named Skip over for dinner. But before dinner, they had time to “yump ’round a leetle bit”.
After I donated the films, I had seen a bit of footage that Rick Prelinger had used for the latest “Lost Landscapes of San Francisco” and knew some of the potential topics based on Herman’s notes, but it took a while before I got access to the scanned films in general.
The first one that made my jaw drop was finding footage of my aunt Toddy graduating from UC Berkeley. In 1939, when not that many women got degrees. And including footage of my paternal grandparents, Carl and Paula (with Paula smiling, no less!). And footage of my uncle Jim (smiling, but that was much less surprising). But the real stunner for me was footage of my dad. He’s quite a bit younger than Toddy and Jim, but there he is, plain as day, about age 5.
Anyway, here’s the film clip:
The original footage includes a lot more of the walking up and around the stage (and those amazing temporary trees in the middle of Memorial Stadium!), but I’d like to know who those people were beginning about 9 seconds into the clip.