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  • For Fathers Day: Bill Veeck on his Daddy

    For Fathers Day: Bill Veeck on his Daddy

    “He was the nicest man I’ve ever met. I guess that’s going out of style talking about your parents that way but, he was.” -Bill Veeck  When legendary ball club owner, Bill Veeck Jr., was being posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, his wife Mary Frances spoke of some of Veeck’s professional commandments. Among them, “in your hiring be color-blind, gender-blind, age-and-experience blind.” For Veeck, everyone held the potential to teach him something. Famous for his wild and … Continue reading

  • Opening Day: Bill Veeck’s Signs of Spring

    Opening Day: Bill Veeck’s Signs of Spring

    “I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.” —Bill Veeck It’s opening day at Wrigley Field and the Cubs will play the first game of their 100th season at Wrigley. To celebrate we have a video of legendary baseball owner Bill Veeck in the stands at Wrigley on opening day 1985. As a fan and an owner Bill Veeck offered a … Continue reading

  • 100 years of Wrigley Field

    100 years of Wrigley Field

    Today marks the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, iconic home of the Chicago Cubs. It was also the home of two football teams—the Chicago Bears (1921-1970) and the Chicago Cardinals (1931-1939)—and saw performances by the Chicago Blackhawks as well as musical legends like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam. It can also be seen in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Blues Brothers, and many other movies and TV shows. Longtime White Sox owner Bill Veeck (1914-1986) had great affection for Wrigley … Continue reading

  • Spring training in the rain

    Spring training in the rain

    Today, we take you to Florida 1978, where Bill Veeck battled the rain to keep the White Sox working out during spring training. The video also includes Veeck’s reflections on spring training from 1985, shortly before his death. Watch Tom Weinberg’s full doc, Inside Spring Training. Congratulations to Steve James on his retrospective at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC. The April 3-6 program will allow audiences to revisit some of his most widely admired titles … Continue reading

  • [Veeck: A Man For Any Season raw #40]

    [Veeck: A Man For Any Season raw #40]

    Raw footage for the documentary “Veeck: A Man For Any Season.” Bill Veeck talks about politics, including his feelings on Nixon and Vietnam, in his Hyde Park home. Continue reading

  • [Veeck: A Man For Any Season raw #39]

    [Veeck: A Man For Any Season raw #39]

    Raw footage for the documentary “Veeck: A Man For Any Season.” This tape features footage of Bill Veeck at his Hyde Park home, talking about racial integration. Continue reading

  • [Veeck: A Man For Any Season raw #42]

    [Veeck: A Man For Any Season raw #42]

    Raw footage for the documentary Veeck: A Man For Any Season. This tape continues an interview with Bill Veeck at home. The tape begins in the middle of him discussing what it is like to be disfigured. He describes various public health perceptions about leprosy and cancer. Later, he talks about his “ongoing love affair” with the English language and quotes Rudyard Kipling’s “The Wolf.” The end of the tape is footage of glass mobiles hanging inside and in Veeck’s backyard. Continue reading

  • Bill Veeck’s Saloon

    Bill Veeck’s Saloon

    This tape features an episode of “Bill Veeck’s Saloon.” In this episode, Veeck speaks with a number of sports journalists and friends about the inflation of players’ salaries in modern day baseball and the renegotiations of baseball contracts. It is quite an interesting look at the inner workings of the game. Continue reading