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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Baseball's Greatest Games: 1960 World Series Game 7 DVD Review

Baseball's Greatest Games: 1960 World Series Game 7 DVD Review

Synopsis: The 1960 World Series® was a classic sports Cinderella story, pitting the upstart Pirates against the Yankees dynasty, which had already captured 18 championship titles.  The star-studded lineups included Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Roger Maris on the New York side with Roberto Clemente, Dick Groat, and Vern Law on the Pittsburgh roster. After six games, the heavily favored Bombers had compiled impressive Fall Classic numbers: a .340 team batting average, 78 hits, and 46 runs to the Pirates 17.  Yet the opportunistic Pirates had the series even at three wins apiece.  In the tense Game 7, the Pirates stormed to an early 4-0 lead, but waves of scoring from both clubs had the game knotted at nine in the bottom of the ninth.  Then, 24-year old second baseman Bill Mazeroski -- known more for his glove than his bat -- approached the plate and launched the first World Series-ending home run in baseball history, setting off a delirious celebration that reverberated from Forbes Field across Pittsburgh and through the annals of all-time sports achievements.

The five-reel, 16mm Game 7 kinescope was discovered last December in Crosby’s home and it is the only known copy of the game, considered one of the greatest ever played.  Crosby, a one-time part owner of the Pirates hired a company to make a kinescope copy of the Game 7 (filmed the TV broadcast as videotaped was not yet created!) while he vacationed in Paris, too nervous to watch the series stateside.  Called by the Yankees’ legendary Mel Allen and the Pirates Bob Prince, it is the complete NBC broadcast, and one which was thought to be lost forever.  And, now, direct from the Major League Baseball archives, this rare and extraordinary television broadcast has been restored for this remarkable DVD presentation.  Disc 1 features the complete, original 1960 World Series Game 7, with alternative radio play-by-play.  Disc 2 contains the 1960 World Series Film, 1960 Pirates highlights, newsreels, and player interviews.

Featuring the quintessential making of a Fall Classic hero, BASEBALL’S GREATEST GAMES: THE 1960 WORLD SERIES, GAME 7 is a time capsule of one of the most iconic games in World Series history.

Review: It often feels like there aren't a lot of surprises left in the world.  Every once in awhile a treasure is discovered and for baseball fans one such treasure was unearthed last December in the basement of late crooner Bing Crosby.  You see, Crosby was part owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who took part in the epic 7th game of the 1960s world series against the Mickey Mantle/Yogi Bera era Yankees!  You see this tense game was a tie-breaker for the two, but anyone that didn't see it live on or television at the time was out of luck.  There were no known recordings of the was lost forever.  It turns out that Crosby had hired someone to record the television broadcast in kinescope and no one even knew!  Now, A&E is releasing it on DVD for us all to enjoy and experience, many of us for the first time.

This DVD is a MUST-HAVE for any baseball fan or sports historian.  To be able to see this exciting game is a wonderful gift that fans never would have expected!  The 2-disc DVD is full of great extras, reels and interviews.  We highly recommend this one!  Thanks Bing!

Interest Range: Sports, History