Film of 1960 World Series Game 7 found

Film of 1960 World Series Game 7 found

PITTSBURGH -- Bill Mazeroski's game-winning home run that downed the Yankees in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series is going to get some special airtime during the offseason on MLB Network.

The New York Times reported in Friday's editions that the complete NBC broadcast of the game had been discovered in a wine cellar in Bing Crosby's longtime home near San Francisco. Crosby was part-owner of the Pirates from 1946 until his death in 1977. But the avid sportsman was such a nervous wreck watching the Pirates that when they played the Yankees in the World Series, he went on a European vacation with his wife, Kathryn.

The complete broadcast was thought to be lost forever. Many people thought that one of the greatest games ever played had survived only through radio broadcasts, grainy photographs and the written word.

Robert Bader, the vice president of Bing Crosby Entertainment, found five reels of 16-millimeter film while searching through tapes and reels of Crosby's old TV specials.

Bader soon realized he had found the complete broadcast of Game 7, with the Yankees' Mel Allen and Pirates' Bob Prince calling the action. The conditions of the wine cellar -- cool and dry -- meant that the film had survived in pristine condition.

The film was transferred to DVD, and fans will get a chance to view the game during the offseason on MLB Network. Bob Costas is set to host the special, which will include interviews with former players and other programming.

"It was such a unique game to begin with," Pittsburgh's Dick Groat, the 1960 National League MVP who will turn 80 in November, told The Associated Press. "It was back and forth, back and forth. It was unbelievable."