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2 October 2014

Ninety years ago, when Congress was held in higher esteem, the team from Washington was called the Senators and the Giants only had to travel from New York to meet them in the World Series.

There were no smartphones with video capture at that series. And no major networks with color commentators, either. In fact, there was no television. It hadn't been invented yet.

But there was newsreel footage that played in the movie theaters of the day before the main feature came on. And for 90 years, eight film cans of the deciding seventh game of that series waited patiently in a garage in Worcester, Mass. for Brandon Crawford to become the first shortstop to hit a grand slam in post season play and bring the Giants back to Washington.

Mike Mashon, head of the Moving Image Section for the Library of Congress, tells the whole story. And we've embedded the footage above. We suspect it's no accident it requires Flash and therefore won't play on devices designed in California.

We viewed the film as we edited this piece but we can't recall how things turned out.

Tomorrow, the team taking the field in the 2014 National League Division Series will be called the Nationals, not the Senators. And the Giants will have made the trip from San Francisco (after a short stop at Pittsburgh). Coolidge isn't the president anymore. And the Giants don't have to worry about Walter Johnson.

We don't usually make predictions, but we can't resist. It won't take seven games to determine the winner this time.

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