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Monday, October 25, 2010

Who knew Bing Crosby was a taper?

Bing Crosby was part owner of the Pirates from 1946 until he died in 1977. Not being able to calm himself during the 1960 World Series which pitted Pittsburgh against the New York Yankees, he took off for Europe with his wife and had a company record game #7 of that Series by kinescope.

That game, if you recall, was at old Forbes Field. The score of that game flip-flopped several times, only to have the Yankees tie it once more in the top of the 9th inning. Bill Mazeroski led off the bottom of the 9th and hit the 2nd pitch he saw into the stands for a walk-off home run to win the Series for Pittsburgh.
Five reels in cans marked ‘1960 World Series’ were recently found in pristine condition in his wine cellar. The 16mm film has been transferred to DVD and will be aired this winter on the MLB network and will be hosted by Bob Costas.

Read the full story here.

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