Wednesday, December 15, 2010

1960 Game 7 lost footage airs on MLB-TV

Tonight on MLB-TV I'm watching, and taping, Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, which is being shown in it's entirety.

I was born on February 19th, 1960, so I wasn't watching, that I can remember, the series, in fact, the '68 St. Louis Cardinals-Detroit Tigers World Series was the first that I remember watching.

Below is a link to the story on the game from,

 The Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees are playing the decisive game of the series in Pittsburgh's famed Forbes Field.

Mel Allen, the Voice of the Yankees, and the Pirates Bob Prince do the play by play.

We get to see great Hall of Famers like Yogi Berra, Bill Mazeroski, Mickey Mantle, and the great Roberto Clemente.

There will be no multiple camera angles, no microphones on the field, no close ups or replays  of players stealing second, or backing off a fastball at the plate.

Umpires are old school, with vintage caps and in full umpire suits and ties.

I love the old Pirates muscle uniforms too, and and watching the Yankees manager, Casey Stengel, the "ole perfessor," as he's besides himself trying to stop the Pirates offense.

Oh, and the score is shown by having a camera on the Forbes Field scoreboard, watching the numbers being hand.

The game was filmed by kinescope while the game was being broadcast on TV.

Bing Crosby was a part owner of the Pirates, and headed to Europe, to nervous to watch the game, and had a aide record the game via the kinescope.

If you get a chance, watch the special with Bob Costas before hand.

Costas, the best baseball TV guy there is, with a special taping done before the game was shown at a local Pittsburgh theatre.

This is how I learned to watch baseball on TV, one camera from center field, one showing the dugouts and the on deck hitters, and one from behind home plate, way higher up than they are today.

If your a baseball fan, this is a must see. If you don't have the MLB Network, you can buy the DVD here, @

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