• 1960 World Series Game 7 On This Evening

    Posted by on December 15th, 2010 · Comments (6)

    Just a reminder about this being on tonight. For more, here’s a snip from the MLB Network Press Release:

    Once thought to be lost forever, the complete original television broadcast of the 1960 World Series Game 7 – regarded by many as the greatest baseball game ever played – will be telecast on MLB Network on December 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET, the first time it will be seen on television since it was originally played more than 50 years ago. The black-and-white kinescope of the game film was discovered earlier this year at the home of the late Bing Crosby, who was a part owner of the Pirates at the time.

    Presented exclusively and with limited commercial interruption by Chevrolet, MLB Network Special Presentation: 1960 World Series Game 7 will include exclusive interviews by MLB Network’s Bob Costas with former members of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates, including Dick Groat and Bill Virdon, as well as former New York Yankee and 1960 World Series MVP Bobby Richardson, Vera Clemente, wife of the late Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, and actor and Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton. Other former Pirates players and former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris are featured throughout the program. The interviews were recorded in front of a live audience of more than 1,000 at the historic Byham Theater in Pittsburgh on November 13, 2010, where the film of Game 7 was screened. Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski, who was unable to attend the event at the Byham Theater due to illness, was interviewed on December 2, 2010 at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the History Center in Pittsburgh.

    The special presentation will include the original television broadcast of Game 7 in its entirety, interspersed with reactions by Mazeroski, Groat, Virdon and Richardson to key plays in the game, including Mazeroski’s dramatic game-ending home run for the Pirates, a bad hop on a ground ball that hit Yankees infielder Tony Kubek in the throat, a key play at first base by Yankees legend Mickey Mantle and a critical three-run home run in the eighth inning by Pirates catcher Hal Smith, who received a rousing standing ovation 50 years later from the audience at the Byham Theater.

    With Hall of Fame award-winning announcers Mel Allen and Bob Prince alternating play by play of the game every half-inning, the program also includes the four-minute-long postgame show, hosted by Prince. Prior to the screening and telecast, MLB Network worked with Technicolor to restore the 50 year-old game footage, enhancing the audio and picture quality. The game film is a sign of its time with limited on-screen graphics and no instant replay.

    Comments on 1960 World Series Game 7 On This Evening

    1. MJ Recanati
      December 15th, 2010 | 12:46 pm

      Although the result of the game is known (and unsatisfactory), I’m still excited to watch this one. I think it’s neat that Bing Crosby had this game in a vault in his house for years after he died and that we only get to watch it now, after the tape’s discovery.

    2. Raf
      December 20th, 2010 | 4:32 pm

      So, what did you guys think? I enjoyed watching the game, I like how “clean” the broadcast was; not overproduced, or too many competing voices. I guess it would be considered “boring” by todays standards.

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      I think it’s neat that Bing Crosby had this game in a vault in his house for years after he died and that we only get to watch it now, after the tape’s discovery.

      I think so too. Kinda makes me wonder what other gems are out there waiting to be discovered.

    3. December 21st, 2010 | 9:25 am

      There were many things that impressed me from this game. But, the first and biggest was how comfortable Yogi looked playing left.

      I called my dad after the game to ask him “Was Berra a decent LF?” and he told me that he handled himself well out there. Pretty impressive.

    4. December 21st, 2010 | 9:38 am

      Raf wrote:

      Kinda makes me wonder what other gems are out there waiting to be discovered.

      I’m pretty sure I have Bob Shirley’s game that he started for the Yankees on June 10, 1985 on VHS somewhere in my house.

    5. Raf
      December 21st, 2010 | 9:39 am

      Something that struck me as odd was Ralph Terry’s pitch selection to Maseroski; 2 breaking balls, one which was knocked over the fence. Maz may had been something of a power threat (11 hr that season) but still, he’s the #8 batter.

    6. Raf
      December 21st, 2010 | 9:44 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      There used to be a guy in Thornwood that had broadcasts of MLB games on cassettes (video and audio). Some minor league stuff too. This was back in the early 90’s. He had some good stuff, but I never got the chance to order from him.

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