Comeback: Bill Veeck

The show "Comeback" is about people who have overcome obstacles. This episode profiles Bill Veeck. With 2 two-minute commercial holes.

00:11Copy video clip URL Open to Comiskey Park’s exploding scoreboard. Narrator introduces Bill Veeck’s promotional successes, including martian landings, cows on the field, elephants, Eddie Gaedel, and so on. “Today Bill Veeck is back in the game he loves…”

1:00Copy video clip URL Veeck talking about a brain tumor fifteen years before. Cut to “Comeback” card and credits.

1:50Copy video clip URL Whitmore introduces the show.

2:54Copy video clip URL Veeck talks about growing up in Chicago in the ’20s/ the Prohibition Era and working for Phil Wrigley. “I looked on it more like the entertainment industry.”

3:47Copy video clip URL Rudie Schaffer: “He [Veeck] relates to the people and the people relate to him.”

4:20Copy video clip URL Veeck in the marines. He tells the story of losing his leg.

5:01Copy video clip URL Story of buying the Cleveland Indians and signing Larry Doby, the first black player in the AL. The Indians won the World Series in 1948 and set an attendance record of over 2,600,000 people through the season.

7:50Copy video clip URL Divorce settlement, sold Cleveland. He met Mary Frances during the three year hiatus from baseball after 1948.

8:06Copy video clip URL Interview with Mary Frances.

8:33Copy video clip URL Veeck tells the story of meeting Mary Frances. Veeck proposed by phone.

9:04Copy video clip URL Veeck buys the St. Louis Browns.

9:42Copy video clip URL Eddie Gaedel segment.

10:28Copy video clip URL Veeck, later in life, at a podium telling humorous anecdotes about the Browns.

11:10Copy video clip URL Frank Lane talking about throwing Veeck out of the AL in 1952, because, as Veeck put its, he was not “a willing and cooperative member of the establishment…and had offended the Yankee hierarchy…” Browns were bankrupt and the AL decided not to extend credit to Veeck.

12:41Copy video clip URL Hole for commercial break.

14:41Copy video clip URL Return, “The powerful men in baseball who opposed Bill Veeck eventually got their way…” Whitmore talks about Veeck buying and promoting the White Sox.

16:03Copy video clip URL White Sox win 1959 Penant.

16:50Copy video clip URL Mary Frances talking about how in 1960 Veeck had to get his knee removed. Veeck was also losing control of his right side. He had a brain tumor. They discuss going to Easton, Maryland for refuge during his recovery.

19:38Copy video clip URL In 1976, incensed that the White Sox were near bankruptcy and might leave the city,  Veeck raised the money and bought the White Sox again.

20:24Copy video clip URL Interviews with fans about Veeck.

21:33Copy video clip URL Interview with Bowie Kuhn, commissioner of baseball: “He will be remembered as an innovator.”

22:08Copy video clip URL Veeck: “While [baseball] is highly competitive, it is a part of show business. We are providing entertainment.”

22:56Copy video clip URL Commercial break.

24:56Copy video clip URL Return. Whitmore quotes Veeck: “When you run a ball club, every ballgame is Mardi Gras.” Outro and credits.

26:06Copy video clip URL LBS promo.

26:45Copy video clip URL End of tape.

 

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