Baseball season opens in Oakland, California: April 2, 1918 / Oaks vs. San Francisco / warmup / auto parade / CU players / “Doraldina” is pitcher (actually star dancer appearing in vaudeville in Oakland) and “Pop” Anson is catcher

Great footage of famous dancer Doraldina dressed in uniform as female pitcher for the Oakland Oaks, throwing the opening day pitch to 1918 season.

1918 procession of old-fashioned vehicles led by car with American flag and followed by truck with sign reading “Baseball Opening” parade down city street lined with onlookers. VS woman in “Oaks” baseball team uniform driven in back of car in parade.

Pan down Oaks Baseball team lined up along dugout. Players wearing red cross crosses on their uniforms. One woman in baseball team’s uniform stands in the lineup. Players at end of lineup old sign “Baseball Opening Oakland. Cal. April 2nd 1918. Oakland vs San Francisco Doraldina pitcher Pop Anson catcher.

Female pitcher for the Oaks warming up her arm.

Baseball players in stadium watch the raising of the American flag on the flagpole. Advertisement on the stadium reads “J. Crosby Republican Nomination Congress”. VS players walking across the field.

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