Baseball's Greatest Games: 1960 World Series Game 7
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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
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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There are two soundtracks - one for TV and one from the radio. I listened to Mel Allen and Bob Prince do the TV broadcast. The genuine elation in the postgame interviews alone is worth the price.
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.
The game is a microcosm for the 1960 Pirates: a team that, all season long, seemed to find a way to battle back and win games -- and often in dramatic fashion. The final game of the 1960 World Series has that same character -- with Maz providing the final, climactic bit of drama for a team that knew the meaning of the phrase "never say die!"
This two disc set is nicely done with lots of extras, my only complaint is simply this: in the post game celebration many Pirate players and management are interviewed, but noticeably omitted is Roberto Clemente, but I guess that is just a sign of the times.
I love the Pirates deeply and this an excellent moment in a very rich history of their franchise. If you love baseball I highly recommend this, if you love the Pirates, then you need to own this.
My Pirates will be relevant again, but until then I have this and the 1979 world series to get me through. Now only if I can get a 1971 release of some sort that would be awesome.
One final note: the fact that this series was against the mighty Yankees makes it all the more sweeter for me.