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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
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Package Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches; 4 Ounces
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Release date : December 14, 2010
- Actors : Baseball's Greatest Games
- Studio : A&E Home Video
- ASIN : B004AP3PO4
- Number of discs : 2
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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.
It's all here in this momentous 2-DVD package, as well as several extras, including interviews with Pirates Vern Law, Bill Mazeroski and Hal Smith (who in the 8th inning hit what might have been the game winning home run, had it not been for a Yankees rally in the top of the 9th), and Yankees Yogi Berra, Ralph Terry and Bobby Richardson (the WS MVP, and the only player to win that honor playing for the loser). Included as well are newsreels and highlights of the Pirates' 1960 season, a campaign that was punctuated with multiple comebacks emblematic of their World Series performance of that year.
The quality of the kinescope itself is typical of the era--decent, but not exactly the HD level we've become used to in this day and age. But for any baseball fan, the historical value alone makes this set a must-have.
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