Bing Crosby saves the game

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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.

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