Newsreel clip previewing Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees at spring training prior to 1951 baseball season. The defending National League champion Phillies trained that year in Clearwater Florida. Players pose under sign that reads "Home of the Fightin' Phlilies." Shot of team owner Robert Carpenter and manager Eddie Sawyer. Shots of pitchers Robin Roberts, Jim Konstanty and Bubba Church warming up. Hitters seen in batting cage include Willie Jones, Eddie Waitkus and Andy Seminick. Clip shifts to Yankees' spring training in Phoenix, Arizona, where team holds up numbers and letters reading "1950 Champs" to mark their victory over the Phillies in the World Series. Manager Casey Stengel puts on cowboy hat and strikes a funny pose for the camera. Yankee players also don the hats, including 1950 American League MVP Phil Rizzuto and soon-to-be 1951 MVP Yogi Berra. Stengel talks with group of six Yankee rookies, including future Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle at far right. Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio points bat at camera, smiles by batting cage.
New 1951 Ford test car comes over the crest of a hill, being driven through deep mud, in deep water, and over cobble stones, on the Ford Dearborn Michigan test track. View of test driver at the wheel. Test car hits hard bumps. View of Ford's 'Automatic Ride Control' suspension on test track and in the Ford laboratory. View of suspension attached to drive train in laboratory with view of suspension spring. 1951 Ford being tested over desert road in Southwest United States. New 1951 Ford convertible in showroom.
Major events of the year 1951. A Kefauver Committee appointed by the Senate probes into the nexus between the underworld and the politics in United States. Committee headed by Estes Kefauver holds its hearings. Former Mayor of New York, William O' Dwyer testifies before the committee. Frank Costello smokes a cigarette during one of the committee's hearings.
Woman leaves a house with her children. They all get into their 1951 Ford automobile. The children bounce on the car seat. Ford car seat springs tested by an automatic machine at Dearborn test facility. A car door hooked up to motor which continuously slams and opens the door. Car on the Dearborn Michigan test track, replica of Independence Hall in the background. Test car goes over steep hill, and cobble stones. The 1951 Ford is then seen in the Southwest United States, on a mountain road and a desert road. Label on side of car reads, 'Ford Test Car' View of speedometer. The new car arrives at an amusement park. Children get out of the car and run towards a merry-go-round. Ford emblem on front of car.
From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.
Proceedings of the Kefauver Committee. A man testifies to the committee. New York underworld gangster Frank Costello alleged of various charges is questioned by the committee. The accused is not ready to accept any of the charges and denies all those levied against him. 1951.