The seventh game of the 1960 World Series is considered by fans to be one of the greatest baseball games of all time. It turns out Bing Crosby – yes, the one and only Bing, before the “el” was added – had paid a private company to record it from beginning to end, and those reels of film have just come to light:
He knew he would want to watch the game later — if his Pirates won — so he hired a company to record Game 7 by kinescope, an early relative of the DVR, filming off a television monitor. The five-reel set, found in December in Crosby’s home, is the only known complete copy of the game, in which Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski hit a game-ending home run to beat the Yankees, 10-9. It is considered one of the greatest games ever played. – NY Times
No doubt Yankees fans all over the country will want to watch closely to see if – make that how — they were robbed of the victory. (They weren’t. But that’s Yankee fans!)
Discovering a previously unknown relic from half a century ago is exciting in and of itself, but the nature of the discovery kicks it up an extra notch. The 7th game, and its dramatic ending, is the stuff of legend to baseball fans, and except for very brief snippets on newsreels from the era and black-and-white newspaper photos, no visual record survived – until now. Watching it will be a trip back in time.
I have friends who are passionate Yankee fans and memorabilia collectors, so I’m hoping a DVD is available for Christmas.