He was a marvelous singer who produced albums that will be listened to forever, but for any Pirates baseball fan, he gave us something even more valuable: A high-quality film of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series has been discovered in his wine cellar!
Long before free agency, money and steroids ruined professional baseball, there was a great working class team in Pittsburgh known as the Pirates (they are now I believe a double A farm team for the New York Billionaires or the Los Angeles Mercenaries, I forget which). Our beloved Bucs pulled off one of the greatest upsets in baseball history in the 1960 World Series, culminating in one of the best game 7’s in world series history.
By any measure other than winning, the Yankees clobbered the Pirates in 1960. The Yankees hit over .330 as a team. They outscored the Pirates by a two to one margin, but somehow, with the help of a rock strewn Forbes Field (the groundskeeper got a vote for MVP that year from one wag) that ricocheted an easy double play ball into Tony Kubek’s windpipe, and a heroic homer by Hal Smith (which is now forgotten because of Maz’s homer in the next inning), good triumphed over evil.
How about that! (as Mel Allen would have said).
My fellow West Virginian Mazeroski did finally get into the Hall of Fame in 2001. For years voters said one thrilling homer doesn’t mean you get in, forgetting that he was one of the best defensive second basemen in the history of the game. Thankfully, he eventually got his due.
Can’t wait to see Mr. Crosby’s film — thank you Bing!