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Lost broadcast of final game of '60 World Series found!

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Lost broadcast of final game of '60 World Series found!

Postby Charles » Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:47 pm

This is of interest to not only the myriad of baseball fans in animation, but to lovers of baseballs everywhere.

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The great Bing Crosby was part owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates for many years, from 1946 to 1977, the year he passed away. In 1960, the Pirates were playing the New York Yankees in the 7th and final game of the World Series at their home park Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. The Yankees were a powerhouse all through the 1950s and were heavily favored to beat the Pirates that year.

When much to their surprise and dismay, Bill Mazeroski hit a home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the championship for Pittsburgh! It was the first time in baseball history that the Series had been won with a home run in the bottom of the 9th, and to this day it is still considered one of the greatest moments in the sport.

Unfortunately, the complete footage of the TV broadcast has long been disappeared, believed to have been lost forever somewhere. But fortunately, to everyone's astonishment and delight, that somewhere has been found! Cannisters of the video reels were in the basement of the Bing Crosby home in San Francisco.

And there was much rejoicing.

Now, the entire broadcast of the decisive and legendary game can be enjoyed by all once again, a full 50 years after it was played.

Here's a link to the article...

Final Game of 1960 World Series found.

And here's some newsreel footage about the game from a documentary, along with a narrative of what went down that day.


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Re: Lost broadcast of final game of '60 World Series found!

Postby EAllen » Sat Sep 25, 2010 12:16 pm

That's crazy, Charles.

It makes you wonder, how much history thought to be lost is collecting dust in someone's attic!

I would say that we need to find a way to raid attics and basements across america (and make it look legal), but somehow there's moral and ethical issues with that . . .
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