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Apparently this is pretty rare, because I cannot find anything about it on the Internet. Panasonic, the up-and-coming electronics company of the day, sponsors this look at the art of bullpen work and some of the pre-eminent firemen of the late '60s and early '70s (Tug McGraw, Ron Perranoski, Hoyt Wilhelm, Ted Abernathy, et al). Also some great footage of some classic ballparks, including a beautiful shot looking down the leftfield line at Crosley Field's outfield terrace. Enjoy.
In a still-galling act of arrogance and heartlessness, the Detroit Tigers and radio station WJR dismissed Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell prior to the 1991 baseball season, but allowed Harwell to call the games in a final, "swan song" season. His partner since 1973, Paul Carey, decided to retire at the end of the '91 season. Although Harwell came back to do Tigers games again beginning in 1993, the 1991 season marked the end of Detroit's golden era of baseball radio broadcasting. This broadcast was the last at Tiger Stadium for Carey. Harwell deploys most if not all of his well-known and folksy tag phrases. Although the game itself was already beginning to morph into the muscle-bound and homer-happy brand that continues to this day, Harwell's and Carey's unfailing style of subtlety and understatement is as relaxing as a cool drink in a porch swing on a summer's day.
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Chronological highlights of the 1959 major league baseball season.
Are you a Sox fan? 'Course you are! So sink your choppas into this collection of vintage Red Sox season highlight films from back when the Sawx weren't very good, and then one year when they were -- the legendary Impossible Dream season of '67. Transcribed from a VHS source at least a couple of generations removed from the actual films, but still remarkably watchable. Nice color and some innovative (for the time) use of slo-motion cinematography help, as do the outstanding narrative contributions of Curt Gowdy and Ken Coleman. Enjoy scenes of ol' Fenway Park on beautiful summer afternoons in Back Bay, when the fellas wore crew cuts or fedoras and the ladies dresses and gloves. Also included is a feature on underrated Red Sox third baseman Frank Malzone. 1954: Baseball in Boston 0:00 1955: The Red Sox at Home 22:06 1956: The Red Sox - Pride of New England 43:28 (a regrettable blackout of about 12 seconds when Ted Williams comes to bat, but you still get a nice color closeup of The Kid powdering that pill.) 1957: Play Ball With the Red Sox 1:04:26 1962: This Is Baseball with Frank Malzone 1:26:10 1967: The Impossible Dream 1:29:43
Soundcheck opens in the top of the 1st inning with the Reds' leadoff man, Leo Cardenas, at bat. Mets' legendary broadcast team of Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy, and Ralph Kiner. This is a wild one! My favorite part is how loudly into the game are the young people in the stands of the old Polo Grounds.