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.
Fast-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.
| September 24, 2010; 8:04 AM ET
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