Tom Hanks mentions Cincinnati Red Stockings ‘Base Ball’ on ‘Late Show’

Actor Tom Hanks mentioned the Cincinnati Red Stockings – the Cincinnati Base Ball Club, which established the first known openly professional team in 1869 – in a Wednesday night discussion on a Late Show with Stephen Colbert about News of the World, a western starring Hanks as Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, who plays five years after the end of the Civil War.

Here’s what Hanks Colbert said about the movie – slated for release on December 25th – including the Cincinnati baseball reference:

Capt. Kidd was the original podcaster. He reads the news in cities with no newspapers and no connection to the outside world. In a place like Dallas, San Antonio or New Orleans, he buys all the newspapers that could be from anywhere in the world – the London Times, the Boston Herald, and the local newspapers – and tells people what’s going on in the world until on the number of people who have died from rubella or scarlet fever. Whether the river is rising, whether the ferries are off. But he’s also talking about a new “base ball” organization that is now paying its players in the big metropolis of Cincinnati. A team called “Red Stockings” will be professional base ball players. And now there’s an eight-story brick building in Boston that has an elevator in it. This is an automated little portico that picks you up instead of leading you to climb stairs. There were actually these people who did that. And for 10 cents you can sit and hear fabulous stories from around the world while watching a show at the same time. That’s what he does for a living. And the adventure of the film is that he comes across a young girl who was brought away and raised by the Kiowa tribe. They have since found her and he has to take her home to every family that has left her.

Earlier this year, Oakland celebrated A’s Hanks’ stint as a peanut seller for the team.

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