KUSA - A 26-second clip of a plantation-league baseball game from the early 1900s is thought to be the oldest know film of African Americans playing baseball.
It was discovered by film archivist Margie Compton at the University of Georgia as she was viewing a collection of home movies shot by a wealthy plantation-owning family in Thomasville, Ga.
Compton thinks the footage was taken almost on accident by family member on the plantation.
"This was just grabbing 26 seconds of a game at the end of a reel of film," she said. "He just wanted to use up the film, send it off and get it developed. Why not shoot a ballgame? It meant nothing to them I'm sure."
Compton thinks the film was shot in 1919, which also makes it the oldest known baseball footage shot in Georgia.
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