Bing Crosby saves the game
Bing Crosby was part owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1946 until his death in 1977. But the avid sportsman was such a nervous wreck watching the team that when they played the Yankees in the 1960 World Series, he went on a European vacation with his wife, Kathryn, and hired a company to record the TV broadcast by kinescope.
His zealous support and superstition wound up being a good thing for baseball fans: Found in his wine cellar was film of the deciding Game 7, in which Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski hit a game-ending homer to beat the New York Yankees, that was thought to be lost forever.
The New York Times reported Friday that the complete NBC broadcast had been discovered in Crosby’s longtime home near San Francisco. It was thought that one of the greatest games ever played had survived only through radio broadcasts, grainy photographs and the written word.
The five reels have now been transferred to DVD, and fans will get a chance to view the game during the offseason on the MLB Network. Bob Costas is set to host the special, which will include interviews with former players and other additional programming.