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  • 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 #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

  • [Commentary and poem by Bill Veeck #1]

    [Commentary and poem by Bill Veeck #1]

    Raw footage of Bill Veeck doing multiple takes of a commentary and a poem. Veeck seems to determine the general topics and trajectory of his speech and then improvises it on-camera. The first 13 minutes are takes of the commentary, and the last 4 minutes is one read-through of the poem. In the commentary, Veeck talks about the subtle differences in baseball today. He says the players don’t play as well (despite being bigger, faster, stronger, and more educated) because they don’t have the same training players used to get. Veeck values very much the apprenticeships in the minor leagues that used to be so common. They were fundamental, he thinks, because players would learn from their peers–other players who had played the majors for a decade and then moved back down–instead of managers or roving instructors. He says players today make mistakes due to their inexperience. In addition, the game has also suffered due to high player salaries. Veeck says this makes players unwilling to take risks with their “million dollar bodies.” Their attitude has changed: players act like prima donnas instead of just loving the game. The poem is called “Ode to an Agent” or “Advice to an Aging Client.” The poem mocks the aforementioned habit of players who put no heart or energy into the game in the name of business and money. Continue reading

  • [Bill Veeck master for Heart Association]

    [Bill Veeck master for Heart Association]

    Various footage from The Bill Veeck Show, Bill Veeck’s Front Office, the documentary Bill Veeck: A Man For Any Season, raw footage from interviews, and, at the end of the tape, about five minutes of the movie review show “Sneak Preview” (1984). Continue reading

  • [Bill Veeck discusses Wrigley scoreboard]

    [Bill Veeck discusses Wrigley scoreboard]

    On a sunny day outside Wrigley Field, Bill Veeck talks about the importance of the Wrigley Field scoreboard. He compares it to the electronic scoreboards around the league. Veeck goes on to talk about the inception of the Comiskey Park scoreboard and publicity stunts. Continue reading

  • [Bill Veeck on the David Letterman Show]

    [Bill Veeck on the David Letterman Show]

    Bill Veeck is a guest on the David Letterman Show. Veeck is charming and funny but tends to dominate the conversation. While he is crowd-pleasing, he clearly throws off Letterman, who is used to controlling the show. Continue reading