By Julia Lull
October 2, 2014

Baseball fans for the first time can now get a glimpse of the 1924 World Series.

The Library of Congress recently released footage of the matchup between that era’s D.C. and NYC teams–then the Washington Senators and New York Giants–in which the Senators won 4-3 in extra innings.

Eight reels of footage, including the one containing these shots of the 1924 World Series, were found in the rafters of a Massachusetts garage after being stored there for nearly 90 years. The canisters were sent to the Library of Congress for conservation, and archivists were shocked when they realized what they had landed on, as there are no other known pieces of video of the 1924 World Series in existence.

The nitrate film’s surprisingly good quality is practically a miracle. Nitrate film is known for being sensitive to its environment, and often doesn’t keep well when stored in non-optimal conditions.

The Library of Congress said in a statement that it was merely a coincidence that this footage was found right before the Washington Nationals take on the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series.

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