Its title notwithstanding, the silent, two-reel Our Gang comedy Giants vs. Yanks devotes only a few minutes of its running time to baseball. After a lively sandlot contest involving Gang members Mickey Daniels, Jackie Condon, Jackie Davis, Joe Cobb, and -- breaking baseball's "color line" long before Jackie Robinson -- black youngsters "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison and Allen "Farina" Hoskins, the plot goes in a different direction entirely, as the kids are quarantined in the house of a wealthy couple. The best gags are centered around Mickey's ingenious methods for washing and drying his family's laundry, an operation involving a bicycle and a "carousel" clothesline. Giants vs. Yanks was originally released on May 18, 1923, some seven months after the second "Subway Series" between the real-life Giants and Yanks.
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