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Thursday 19th Oct 2017

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!

 

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0 #4 John Korzen 2010-12-18 18:29
I had to miss it Wednesday night, and it looks like there are no current plans for MLB to show it again, but a DVD will be for sale. Oh well, at least I have something to ask for when my next birthday or next Christmas rolls around.
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0 #3 Lawr Michaels 2010-12-17 02:13
tis true. not a whiff, and noted by bob costas yesterday during the great rebroadcast.

truth is the game was better than i remembered, if that is possible. although at the time, it just seemed like a game to me (i did know it was the world series, and winning the series was a big deal, though).
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0 #2 John Korzen 2010-12-16 18:33
One summer I worked as an official scorer for our local minor league team. The sample on how to score was Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, and I noticed that there was not a single strikeout, yet another remarkable thing about that game.
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0 #1 Mike Ladd 2010-12-16 12:22
When I saw this game was being shown, I immediately set the DVR. I was "sick" that day and also saw the game. School was less important than game seven. The play I wanted to see again was the Mickey Mantle play in the top of the ninth. If Bridges goes home, MacDougal has to be a dead duck but then so was Mantle. I'm glad they showed that played several time although I had already re-watched it again thanks to DVR. The commentary was wonderful. I switched to the game at the third so I have to watch it from the beginning. I hope they go deeply into the story as to how the game was found and why it was actually recorded. And why it was in black and white [they game was telecast in color] and why no commercials.

But what a wonderful game.
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