“Baseball Madness” is a silent comedy that weaves baseball, crime, and romance into an adventurous narrative. Directed by Billy Mason and starring Gloria Swanson, the film follows Bill, who dresses as a woman to work as a waitress before attending a baseball game. When the home team performs poorly, he’s rushed into a uniform and pitches a perfect game, only to be later committed to a lunatic asylum by his friend Pen.
The film was released on May 8, 1917, and produced by Victor Film Company in black and white on a standard 35mm format. Noteworthy for being Gloria Swanson’s sole project with Universal, “Baseball Madness” creatively melds sports excitement with elements of mistaken identity and sabotage, offering a unique twist on popular themes of its era.