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Dreaming of the 1960 World Series? Bing Crosby will bring it to you

Know how you've seen those grainy clips of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, perhaps the greatest game ever played? You watch Bill Mazeroski's walk-off home run give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 10-9 victory over the New York Yankees and you curse simpler DVD-less days.

Well, curse no longer and prepare to watch something far better than the clip shown here. Oh, and send a quick thanks to the spirit of Bing Crosby. Yes, crooner/actor/sportsman Bing Crosby. Thanks to him, a video copy of the entire game exists and is in pristine condition, the New York Times reports.

A part-owner of the Pirates, Crosby was so superstitious that he couldn't bear to watch the Series. It was good to be Bing; he packed up his lucky cardigans and hit the road, winding up in Paris. He listened on the radio, but hired a kinescope company to record the game for later viewing.

bing2.jpgFast-forward 49 years, hitting pause to pay your respects when Crosby died in 1977, to Robert Bader, vice president for marketing and production for Bing Crosby Enterprises. poking around in Der Bingle's wine cellar, looking for copies of his specials for DVD release. There, aging gracefully on a shelf, lay something titled "World Series 1960."

"I had to be the only person to have seen it in 50 years," Bader told the Times' Richard Sandomir. "It was just pure luck."

After months of talks with MLB, an agreement is in place that will allow the MLB Network to show the game in a December special and DVDs also will be sold. Why, you ask, do you need to see an old game when you live in a microwave world and can punch up the key clip whenever you feel like it?

Because, as Pirates shortstop Dick Groat told Sandomir, "It was such a unique game to begin with. It was back and forth, back and forth. It was unbelievable."

Besides, Bing would want you to.

By Cindy Boren  | September 24, 2010; 8:04 AM ET
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Comments

Isn't that Chuck Thompson's famous mistake call when he called Ralph Terry "Ditmar"?

Posted by: upperdeck4 | September 24, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, when he called Ralph Terry "Art Ditmar."

Posted by: upperdeck4 | September 24, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

It was Chuck Thompson. Mistake notwithstanding, I loved also hearing his comment about the fan reaction at Forbes Field that day after Maz crossed the plate, describing that place as "an outdoor insane asylum"! I think that the MLB Network's "Prime Nine" show put Mazeroski's homer as the second greatest home run in Major League history, behind Bobby Thomson's 1951 playoff homer. Sorry, but I have to disagree. Thomson's walkoff put the Giants into the World Series, Maz's WON the Series. I have the VHS tape of the 1960 Series highlights produced by MLB. Can't wait to see the entire 7th game from Bing's vault! Given the back and forth nature of the game, it has to be one of the most exciting World Series games ever.

Posted by: willypops | September 24, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I hadn't read the NY Times article before my previous post. I always thought that Chuck Thompson did the television play-by-play of the game. He apparently did the radio call and they just matched it up to the highlight clip - that's the only version I ever saw. It's going to be great to hear the Gunner (Bob Prince) again.

Posted by: willypops | September 24, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see this. I hope Der Bingle's guys left the commercials in (and that MLB does as well)! Two bonus features I'd like to see on the DVD: (1) An alternate audio track of the radio call (they did that for the Don Larsen perfect game DVD) and (2) a featurette on how they found it, showing Bing's wine cellar, what sort of work they did to bring it to DVD, etc.

Posted by: steveinphilly | September 24, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Steve - my reading of it was there's just a alternate video of the game. Since it was for Bing, there shouldn't be any commercials. Did he hire a commentator too?

Posted by: -hypopig- | September 24, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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