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Baseballs Greatest Games: 1979 Wrigley Field Slugfest (2011)

The Phillies , Major League Baseball  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: The Phillies
  • Directors: Major League Baseball
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 213 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0054DPLSY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,174 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Phillies, having won the prior day s game at Wrigley 13-0, jumped out on top 21-9. With the Chicago faithful straining for hope--lo and behold, in one of the wildest Wrigley Field slugfests of all time--the Cubbies stormed back to knot the score at 22!

The stage for this scoreboard jamming contest was set in the first stanza. The Cubs starting pitcher recorded only one out, allowing six runs, while the Phillies starter--who homered in the first inning, also exited after recording only one out and allowing five runs!

The two lineups were filled with stars: Mike Schmidt (2 home runs), Larry Bowa (5 hits), Bob Boone (5 RBI), Bill Buckner (7 RBI), and Dave Kingman (3 home runs). Yes, the wind was blowing out that day at Wrigley.

Direct from the Major League Baseball archives, this rare and extraordinary television broadcast includes the quintessential making of a Wrigley classic, mind-boggling offense and one unforgettable baseball game.

A special DVD audio feature allows fans to watch the television broadcast and listen to the radio play-by-play!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely entertaining - though one small flaw May 26, 2012
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Easily one of the most exciting baseball games ever, great nostalgia too. If you are interested in this game, you pretty much know what happened, I won't spoil the details. Obviously there were a ton of runs scored. Also of note, some of the best and most memorable players of the late 1970's/early 1980's participated in this game, including Mike Schmidt, Bill Buckner, Pete Rose, Dave Kingman, Tug McGraw, Bruce Sutter, Larry Bowa, and many more. The Phillies were loaded with talent at this point, and went on to win the World Series the following season. The Phillies had also won the day's previous game at Wrigley by a score of 13-0. But the Cubs had a pretty good team themselves at this point, going 48-38 in the first half of 1979 before collapsing (naturally) in the second half to finish a disappointing 80-82. On this sunny day in at beautiful Wrigley Field however, Cub fans were optimistic, as usual in mid May. If you are a fan of the Cubs or Phillies of this era, or even just wish to experience the nostalgia of the late 1970's at Wrigley Field, this affordably priced DVD is for you.

One thing I'll suggest is to not look at the back of the DVD case (prior to viewing the entire game), as it lists various highlights as well as presenting the inning-by-inning score of the game. Regarding picture quality, it's actually surprisingly good for the era. Obviously not remotely HD-quality, but the picture seems fairly comparable to what you'd have seen in 1979 if you watched it live, with perhaps some minor degradation due to time. Although the picture does look slightly "fuzzy" (soft focus) from the outfield camera (showing the live view of the batter), this seems to have been as it was at that time - as the close up views from other cameras give you quite a sharp picture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Long Game November 5, 2011
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The best part of this DVD, is you can select which half inning to start viewing, so you don't need to watch the whole game in one sitting. Because the whole game is more than 3 hours long. I'm a Phillies fan, and it's great to see my favorite players like Schmidt, Bowa, Rose, and others take the field. Greg Luzinski wasn't in the line-up. I think he did pinch hit. And I think this is before Manny Trillo was on the team, so we have a 2nd baseman I never heard of playing. But the others are well-known guys like McBride, Maddox, and Boone. Cubs fans can enjoy this game too, as Dave Kingman and Bill Buckner have monster games at the plate. Pitchers didn't have a very good day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball at its best October 13, 2011
By Greg B.
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I remember seeing some show hosted by Steve Garvey years ago, where he would spend about an hour showing highlights of great past baseball games. This Cubs/Phillies game was one of them. I remember how I wished I had recorded it. Now seeing that they have the entire game on DVD, I had to get it. This game has always intrigued me even more than other classics such as the Gibson game and other playoff games. I mean the Phillies had a 21-9 lead, only to have the Cubs come back and tie it. 11 homeruns total, Schmidt, Rose, Bowa, Kingman, big afros...epic 1979. I did order it and it just arrived today. I've only watched the first inning, but the picture quality is great. Sharper than all of the Youtube clips. I definitely recommend this to any baseball fan. Not a nail-biter, just fun, out of control classic daytime Wrigley madness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NEVER Thought I'd See This Again June 8, 2012
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In the summer of 1977 I was nearly seven and old enough to start noticing and becoming interested in sports. In my small town in Southwest Michigan, we could pick up WGN from across the lake and I became a big Chicago Cubs fan. All Cubs home games were played during the day then and were all televised by WGN, and during the months of baseball season that school was in session I'd frequently watch the last few innings when I got home.

Thursday, May 17, 1979 was no ordinary day, though--when I turned on the TV, I couldn't believe that the Cubs were down 21-9 to the Phillies. Even as a third grader, I knew I was watching a game I'd never forget as my team clawed its way back into it, tying the game at 22-22 before finally falling 23-22 in ten innings.

I was thrilled to see the game available on DVD. It seems that there were many other Cubs-Phillies slugfests at Wrigley Field in the late Seventies and early Eighties (I distinctly recall a 12-11 Cubs win in June 1982), but none of them compared to this contest. I later learned that the score was 7-6 after the first inning, which neither starting pitcher survived. Bill Buckner and Dave Kingman were two of my favorite players then, and they both had huge days, and Mike Schmidt and Pete Rose came up big for Philadelphia that day.

While watching the game you can choose between hearing the Phillies' radio broadcast or the Cubs' television broadcast. Jack Brickhouse was a great announcer for the Cubs, and it was great to hear his "Hey Hey!" home run call after all these years. At one point in the broadcast, Brickhouse said that "we've got ourselves a real marathon" the third inning when the score was 11-6 and less than 40 percent of the runs had been scored.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing game!! February 28, 2012
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Make no mistake about it, this is not HD quality film. It is old and it is grainy and it is devoid of the flash and player stat animations and graphics that baseball fans have become accustomed to over the last decade. That being said, this is one of the single most exciting baseball games ever played. The high score was attributed to the wind in Wrigley Field. It was a particularly blustery day in Chicago and it seemed as if every ball hit high had a chance to be blown out of the park.

The final score of 23-22 is one of the highest combined scores of all time. It's great watching greats like Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, Larry Bowa, and "King-Kong" Kingman again, still in their prime, and to see old pitchers like Tug McGraw and Dennis Lamp take the mound once more. Whats even more great is watching both teams swinging for the fences in an epic battle. Neither team willing to succumb, deadlocked at 22 all and going into extra-innings, until Mike Schmidt drove in the final run in the top of the 10th to finally end it. A game I could watch over and over again - and I'm not even a Phillies or Cubs fan!

The DVD is basic overall but does have one great feature, you are able to not only select which inning you would like to see, but also which half of the inning which is an awesome feature.

Overall, a great DVD of an amazing game for a good price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars baseball
this dvd brings back memories from the game at chicago. we actually saw this game when it was being played and could not believe the final score.
Published 1 month ago by carol kukuk
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mike Schmidt Slugfest
Even though the Chicago Cubs lost this game, Cub fans or baseball fans will enjoy this dvd. A typical, wind blowing out game in the summer at Wrigley Field. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim Hissong
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch
Kind of like opening a time capsule. I grew up outside of Detroit so never really got to watch many National League games. Read more
Published 9 months ago by TBone
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry and Whitey = 5 stars
The fact that you can listen to the phillies radio broadcast automatically rates this 5 star worthy. Great game and good picture quality. Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Play Ball!!!
I am a big Phillies' fan, and watching this game for the first time was fun. I played the radio broadcast, because it was the Phillies' broadcast, and even though it was maybe 2... Read more
Published 14 months ago by jhnesunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars Phillies Cubs Slugfest
Loved the game. Remember listening to it a week or so before graduating high school. Great to hear Brickhouse and Boudreau describe the action as only they could.
Published 14 months ago by KCMOTOWN
5.0 out of 5 stars Whata game!
I saw this game on MLB network and I want to own a copy of it. This game is exciting from first pitch to last.
Published 15 months ago by JmPossible2012
5.0 out of 5 stars I was there
I was lucky enough to be at that game. It was incredible, a real pitchers duel. A very exciting game!
Published on November 8, 2011 by Fredric M. London
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great players from a great era playing a great game
Many future Hall of Fame players in a great game during a great era. Wrigley Field looks great. Nice to see Dave Kingman's long bomb over Waveland Ave.
Published on October 23, 2011 by HPatDH
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