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Baseball's Greatest Games: 1960 World Series Game 7

4.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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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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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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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AP3PO4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,511 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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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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This is a treasure. It would have been nice to have included the commercials but it is still a wonderful piece of baseball. I have been a Pirates' fan all my life. When I was a kid I can remember Pie Traynor pitching plumbing ads on TV, the interviews Bob Prince did with Roberto Clemente - he always called him "Bobby", and Willie Stargell's "chicken on the Hill". And though I was too young to remember Maz's home run, it goes right in there with Franco's Immaculate Reception. Now I can see what I was too young to ever remember. And for that alone, this DVD is worth the few dollars at a time when baseball was king.
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