New York Yankees baseball team in spring training. Players fast-walk onto field, pick up baseball bats. Brief close up of Yankees manager Joe McCarthy. Long shot of players catching and throwing baseballs, including #21 Spud Chandler and #24 Ivy Andrews. Shot of longtime Yankees shortstop and coach Frankie Crosetti (#1) throwing. Shot of Yankees pitcher and Hall of Famer Red Ruffing (with dimple on chin). Overhead view of exhibition game.
St. Louis Cardinals baseball team practices at spring training, 1938, in St. Petersburg Florida. Shots of team warming up in stadium. Shot of pitcher Paul Dean posing with his brother, Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean. Closeups of Dizzy Dean smiling, throwing. Shot of Cardinals manager and Hall of Fame second baseman Frankie Frisch. Cardinal player hits fly ball, palm trees in background. Outfielder and Hall of Famer Joe Medwick catches ball. Two young boys intently watch the action. Pitcher Lon Warneke (#18) throws. Outfielder Pepper Martin (#1) bunts and races down to first base. (Note: Dizzy Dean, who had a sore arm, would be traded to the Chicago Cubs just before the start of the 1938 season.)
In the opening scene, a U.S. Army Air Corps brass band leads a parade, followed by a contingent of army troops with shouldered rifles wearing steel helmets. A fairly large ship, emiting some smoke from its stack, is stationary in the background. Spectators watch from edge of the parade grounds. Palm trees dot the area. Next, a contingent of Air Corps trainees marches in formation, with a three-man color guard and the American flag behind them. The band now stands in formation off to the side as it plays. Other formations of airmen trainees march in the background. Scene shifts to downtown Saint Petersburg, where Army Air Corps officers, plus Marine and Naval officers occupy a reviewing stand with Robt. J. McCutcheon, Jr., the Mayor of Saint Petersburg. Closeup of Air Corps Colonel E. R. Householder rendering a salute. Camera pans the reviewing stand and then pans across the heads of standing spectators, to a large group of civilians occupying reserved seats. Scene shifts to the Air Corps band playing as they lead the parade down Central Avenue. The sidewalks in this business district are filled with spectators. The parade units follow in the same order as they had in earlier scenes at the parade grounds. Camera keeps pace with the unit of soldiers in steel helmets. Closeup of the soldiers executing left-shoulder arms as they march. Remaining units are seen and the color guard. Next, several formations of sailors, in whites, are seen from the rear, as they march. Camera shifts to Drum Majorette strutting between the trolley tracks on the avenue. Behind her are others in white and a contingent of sailors. A color guard of Womens Army Corps (WAC) passes the reviewing stand. Several High school cheer-leaders in white uniforms are seen next. followed by a large group High school girls, some wearing bobby socks, that seem to be marching with seniors first, trailed by successively lower classes. High School Drum majorettes in white strut ahead of their marching band. Another group of majorettes leads their band. In front of them is a drum major pushing an infant in a small stroller. He has some trouble as its wheels get caught in the trolley tracks. A group of nurses is next in the march, followed by a WAC formation in uniform. An African American marching band and majorettes is next. Their lead majorette twirls her baton.
Gambling ship underway off the coast in St Petersburg,Florida. Steamer Monte Carlo underway off the coast in St Petersburg. Passengers gamble at the roulette wheel. Croupier spins the wheel. He arranges coins for the players at the gambling table. Officers arrest the gamblers.
Newsreel entitled "Babe Gets a New Bat." Shows American baseball legend Babe Ruth playing golf at a St. Petersburg Florida golf course in 1930 with his wife, the former Claire Hodgson. The couple exit clubhouse with unidentified man; pose for camera on a breezy, sunny day; Claire holds up flowers for Babe to smell; Babe takes first shot while others in the background watch; the Ruths walk across golf course. (NOTE: St. Petersburg was where Ruth's team, the New York Yankees, held spring training most of the time between 1925 and 1960.)
Opening scene shows rifles placed on each of a series of stands along the firing line of a rifle range at a basic training base in Saint Petersburg, Florida, during World War 2. U.S. Army Air Corps recruits are lined up side-by-side with their instructors, behind the firing line, awaiting instructions from the Range chief (unseen). Upon his order, they advance and take up prone positions, in pairs, at each firing position. Each recruit is assisted by his instructor and fires his rifle while his instructor observes and notes results. Non-commissioned officers (NCOs) monitor from behind the firing line. Camera pans across the firing line. Next, men are seen lowering bulls eye paper targets and replacing them with new ones that they raise high overhead, and signal with flags, when done. Views of the targets. Next trainees stand along the firing line, with Thompson M-1928 A1 submachine guns at ready. Upon command, they fire bursts from their weapons at silhouette targets. Bullets seen striking targets and dirt hill behind them. Face of Hitler and swastika are scrawled on one target.