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  • [Wrigley Field B-roll]

    [Wrigley Field B-roll]

    Footage inside Wrigley Field shot for the documentary Veeck: A Man For Any Season. Continue reading

  • [Once A Star raw: Holtzman #1]

    [Once A Star raw: Holtzman #1]

    Part one of an interview with Ken Holtzman, retired Major League pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees, for the television special, “Once A Star.” The interview, conducted by Roger Wallenstein, focuses on Holtzman’s career after baseball as an insurance administrator. Holtzman discusses how being an ex-ballplayer is sometimes a disadvantage in his career, and comments in-depth on “dumb jock syndrome.” Timecode onscreen. Continue reading

  • Omnibus: Studs Terkel’s Chicago

    Omnibus: Studs Terkel’s Chicago

    BBC portrait of Studs Terkel, the Chicago author. Features current interviews and footage of Terkel; archival footage of Terkel; footage of Terkel receiving the Pulitzer Prize for his book “The Good War” on May 20, 1985; Terkel’s audio recordings of people’s reactions to Chicago’s Picasso sculpture at its unveiling; and a brief interview with Terkel’s wife, Ida. Continue reading

  • [Veeck Commentaries Emmy Entry]

    [Veeck Commentaries Emmy Entry]

    Four short opinion pieces featuring Bill Veeck speaking about sports. Continue reading

  • Veeck: A Man For Any Season

    Veeck: A Man For Any Season

    Bill Veeck was a legend in baseball. He was the colorful owner of the Chicago White Sox (twice), the Cleveland Indians, and the old St. Louis Browns. His Chicago baseball roots go back to the 1920s when he actually planted the vines in the outfield at Wrigley Field. This documentary is an intimate portrait of the man and his world, in 1984, the year before his death. The story is told using voice over by Veeck’s wife, Mary Frances, current and archival interviews with Veeck and his colleagues, and footage of Comiskey Park and Wrigley Field. It covers many of his famous promotions, such as when he sent 3’7″ Eddie Gaedel to bat for the St. Louis Browns. He was called “The Barnum of Baseball” for his showmanship, but he was also a deep, lovable, down-to-earth “regular guy.” Continue reading

  • Once A Star #2

    Once A Star #2

    The second of two hour-long programs profiling former professional athletes. The show focuses on these athletes’ lives after retiring from sports, with archival footage sprinkled throughout. We get an in-depth look at these personalities, while also indirectly getting a sense of the difference between professional sports of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s versus today: virtually all of the athletes work for a living. This program includes segments on Former Chicago Bears Doug Atkins and Bill Wade;  pioneer female jockey Robyn Smith; hockey’s Dennis and Bobby Hull; pool hustler and oddball raconteur Minnesota Fats; baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn; and former world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. Continue reading

  • [Channel 44 BV Master]

    [Channel 44 BV Master]

    Montage of Bill Veeck as a young man, in old age, shots of his autobiography “Veeck as in Wreck,” baseball, Comiskey Park, Eddie Gaedel, his wife Mary Frances, and many promotional gimmicks Veeck created. Frank Sinatra’s “I Did It My Way” plays over montage. 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