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Baseball's Greatest Games: 1960 World Series Game 7 (2010)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AP3PO4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,135 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Finishing up what broadcaster Mel Allen called "one of the zaniest World Series that you could ever witness," Game 7 of the 1960 series between the Pirates and Yankees has rightly gone down in history as one of the most exciting final games in history, as a heavily outmatched Pittsburgh team improbably went toe to toe with a Yankee lineup that included Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Yogi Berra. The picture quality of this presentation may be grainy--as no official Major League Baseball copy of the televised game remains, this is taken from a black-and-white kinescope recently discovered in the late actor Bing Crosby's wine cellar--but the content is stellar, allowing fans to relive a game that featured one of the major leagues' most exciting moments (Hal Smith's ultra-clutch three-run homer, which put the Pirates back in the game), as well as one of its most notorious (the infield bad hop that connected with Tony Kubek's throat, a freak shot from which the New York player's career arguably never fully recovered). What truly places this game in the Parthenon, though, is the bottom of the ninth, when, with the game tied, Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski stepped up to the plate and… well, Hollywood wishes it could write an underdog saga like this. Extras include a wonderfully hokey archival recap of the entire series, short interviews with members of both teams, and the option to listen to either the original television audio or the more histrionic radio broadcast. --Andrew Wright

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On October 13 1960 the Pittsburgh Pirates completed one of the most unlikely upsets in World Series history. It was a classic tense Game 7 marked by heroics lead changes and a stunning home run from "Maz." After six games the heavily favored New York Yankees had compiled impressive Fall Classic numbers: .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 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 Bill Mazeroski known more for his glove than his bat approached the plate and launched the first World Series-ending home run in Major League history setting off a delirious celebration that reverberated from Forbes Field across Pittsburgh and through the annals of all-time sports achievements. Direct from the Major League Baseball Archives this rare and extraordinary televisi

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historic Buried Baseball Treasure Unearthed December 16, 2010
By Jon Oye
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If you're reading this there's a good chance you already know that the 1960 World Series ended abruptly with one of the two most dramatic home runs in baseball history (Bobby Thomson's 1951 N.L. Pennant-winning "Shot Heard `Round the World" being the other). Thought to be lost--or nonexistent in the first place--a kinescope of the historic and deciding seventh game was discovered several months ago in the basement of one of the Pittsburgh Pirates' former owners, the late entertainer Bing Crosby, by the Crosby family's archivist, Robert Bader. Unlike another historic recent discovery, Don Larsen's perfect pitching performance in game 5 of the '56 Series, the complete "Mazeroski game" was found in its entirety. The family made the kinescope available to MLB, and it is now, in the 50th anniversary year of the 1960 Series, available on DVD.

The long-available highlight film (included as an extra) naturally fell short in capturing the excitement and drama of this epic Game 7 clash between the underdog Pirates and the overpowering Yankees, who were arguably at the peak of their long and storied dynasty. In fact, the Bombers outscored the Pirates 55-27 in the Series, and Game 7 was a high scoring back-and-forth battle royal that alternately seemed hopeless for both teams at various points, something which has become overshadowed by Mazeroski's home run. The formidable outfield arms of Roberto Clemente and Roger Maris figured prominently in this game, as did the baserunning agility of Mickey Mantle, Casey Stengel's predilection for changing pitchers, and a less than perfectly manicured Forbes infield, which famously victimized Yankees shortstop Tony Kubek.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST BUY FOR ANY BASEBALL FAN! December 15, 2010
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One of the most historical World Series games ever now on DVD. This 2 disc set has loads of extra features. Not only do you get the complete TV broadcast of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series but you also get the original radio broadcast. The second disc contains 1960 Pirates season highlights,1960 World Series Newsreels as well as interviews with members of both the Pirates and Yankees teams who played in that series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game 7 of 1960 world series January 17, 2011
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Actual black and white broadcast of one of the best games in world series history. Nice to see a different perspective of Maz's dramatic game/series winning homerun. All the shots that we have seen have been from above the action but this shows the homerun from the center field camera. Game was originally broadcast by NBC in color, however, no known copies exist but this is still a gem. Announcers are Yankee great Mel allen and renowned Pirate announcer Bob Prince. Game has an option to listen to action with actual TV or radio broadcast. Plus it comes with interviews of some of the players and the 1960 Pirate highlight film. This is a must have for any true fan of baseball history.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1960 World Series Game 7 - B&W March 7, 2011
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I give it 4.5 out of 5.

Disc 1 has the entire broadcast with the TV Play-By-Play and also an option to watch it with the Radio Play-Play-Play. Quality is very good.

Disc 2 has the official WS Highlight film (there is a better source that has been digitally restored--from BaseballDirect.com) but nevertheless, the WS highlight film is good quality.

The news reels look like they have been digitally restored.

By only major criticism is that the 1960 Season Highlight film is only an excerpt of the full 30 minute version (the full version is also part of the 1960 WS Highlight film from BaseballDirect.com).

I still I would recommend purchase of this DVD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mismanaged? April 30, 2011
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For starters, it's the complete game 7, 1960 World Series, thought to be lost to history; how bad can it possibly get? But I give it a four rather than a five because I was disappointed with disc 2. For starters, it should probably be disc 1 because the first thing on the disc is a 45 minute recap of all seven games. One should watch at least the first six games of this recap before viewing disc 1 just to set the stage. Other features include interviews with Pirates Law, Smith and Maz and Yankees Berra, Richardson (Series MVP), Ford, Terry and Blanchard. It's interesting how memories can work - or not. These interviews were too short, the most thought provoking being Blanchard's (this interview being the source of how I titled this review). The disc also includes a couple of other short Series recaps and it was interesting to see just how badly one of these could botch the facts so soon after the event (Movietone News). Finally there's something called "1960 Pirate Season Highlites"; it's not, absolutely nothing about the regular season in it, just a brief World Series recap. This short does have one redeeming value. It appears to have been digitally restored, so it's the highest quality video in the set. If you're a fan of baseball and it's history, this is a must have, it doesn't get any better than game 7 of 1960 and it's there in full on disc 1. Get it, but wait for a good sale price.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Holy Grail of Baseball December 15, 2010
When you ask sportcasters about the most iconic, the most spectacular plays in baseball, at least two if not three innings of this game are mentioned on the list. Much more than the ninth inning homer by Mazeroski that wins the game (the iconic baseball win in so many movies -- the final inning home run). That home run traveled 410 feet. This is not the only iconic moment. Don't evet think that hte Yankees put on a bad show. Here are brilliant plays by the Yankees (at that time kings of all sports dynasties. Most people thought them unstoppable and incapable of losing) and the Pirates in the innings leading up to the ninth.

This series had SEVEN baseball Most Valuable Players -- Dick Groat, Roberto Clemente, Yoggi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Elston Howard and Bobby Shantz. Casey Stengel managed his last World Series at 70 y/o.

This was one of those sports moments in sports -- a winning home run in the last inning of the last game - one pitch for all the marbles, one hit for the title. This game should have been saved and today would be recorded routinely but back then, it was thought lost.

I'm old (not really that old) but old enough to remember the day and there was no televised game. It was radio or nothing. no home team ever had TV of the game. I remember that evening going to the home of Elroy Face and congratulating him and my Mother getting his autograph. This is baseball the way it should be played.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I've waited over 50 years to see this. It's great. That it was thought lost all of that time makes it even better.
Published 12 days ago by Paul Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all baseball fans
Watching this video brought back so many memories. No night games back then folks. If you were lucky the teacher would let you watch it in the classroom. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jackie Grayson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for the baseball loving Dad
I got this for my dad for xmas last year. He grew up going to Pirates games in the 50's and 60's. Needless to say he loved this DVD.
Published 8 months ago by LucasP
3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong team won.
Yeah, I knew the score when I bought this. I was in high school when the game was played and was a diehard Yankee fan. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Terrell L. Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great moment for Pittsburgh
Great moment in baseball history. Thanks to Bing Crosby for preserving it. Maz & the Bucs won the most exciting game in World Series history.
Published 10 months ago by Walter Hitchcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic baseball game
This was found in a vault in Bing Crosby's cellar. The game was considered long lost until then. Interesting to see how TV has changed
Published 11 months ago by William B Staub
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest game ever?
I grew up a Pirates fan because that was the name of my first Little league team, which won our championship four years after this. Read more
Published 13 months ago by SWC75
5.0 out of 5 stars What a treasure
This is a must have for any baseball fan. This was considered the holy grail of baseball games that were lost, and now that it was found, it's amazing to watch the game, its ebbs... Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. S. Etkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
Being from Pittsburgh, this video brought back many memories. Maz was my father's favorite ball player. I liked him too. My two sons and I watched the video together. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
It's great to see the complete game especially as a Pirate fan.
I highly recommend this its THE most exciting game 7 in baseball history.
Published 16 months ago by Donald Libengood
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