I have written before that, as a 7-year-old, newly interested in baseball, my mother parked me in front of the tube on October 13, 1960 to watch the game.
For some reason, I was kept home from school that day (I must have really had something wrong, for such days at home were rare) and, while my mom did whatever moms did in those days during the day, I watched what turned out to be the seventh game of the 1960 World Series, a game many call the greatest game ever.
This was the first time I actually remember watching a game in its entirety, and though I had indeed become fascinated with baseball and baseball cards and statistics, this game sealed the deal.
To my understanding, since that game--which featured Bill Mazeroski's walk-off tenth inning dinger to finish the Yankees, just in case you needed a hint--there has never been a rebroadcast.
Then, 50 years later, while inventorying the late singer Bing Crosby's film vault/collection and wine cellar, film canisters marked "1960 World Series" were discovered, and in those canisters, a pristine print of that fabulous game.
Crosby was, at the time, a co-owner of the Bucs, and apparently he asked for a print so he could watch, at his leisure.
Tonight, at 5 PM Pacific (that would be 8 PM EST), the MLB network is rebroadcasting this gem. Surviving members of both the Yankees and the Pirates will also be on hand to talk about this magical game.
If you are a lover not just of baseball, but of the tradition of the game and its beauty, you owe it to yourself to tune into this special broadcast.
I certainly will. And, remember names like Bill Virdon, Hal Smith, and Tony Kubek, for other than Maz, they are the names I remember so vividly. Just don't say I told you. Pretend you are 7 and discovered them all on your own!