This tape features a 1984 episode of "Time Out," a weekly sports program that is hosted by a number of Chicago area journalists and sportscasters. This week's commentators are John Schulian of the Chicago Sun-Times, Kenny McReynolds, a WBMX Sportscaster and Assistant Coach for DePaul University's Men's Basketball team, WIND reporter Fran Spielman, and former NBA star John Mengelt.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with a black screen and a few commercials/promos.
01:03Copy video clip URL Opening sequence for the program.
01:26Copy video clip URL Dissolve into a shot of the four commentators at the back bat table on the set of “Time Out.” The narrator gives a brief overview of the program. On the show today, Bill Veeck gives a commentary on the cause and effect of slumps in sports, Chicago Cubs players Bill Buckner and Leon Durham talk to the “Time Out” crew, and DePaul University Basketball player Tyrone Corbin speaks with the commentators about the Olympic Trials.
02:03Copy video clip URL The four commentators begins by talking about the general state of baseball, focusing on the Chicago Cubs and White Sox seasons so far. They go on to briefly talk about tennis, the NBA, and the NHL. This eventually leads into a segment with Bill Veeck.
08:25Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Bill Veeck behind the bar. He gives his thoughts on slumps in sports and states that there are two kinds of slumps: individual and team. He also says most slumps stem from “in the head, not in the bat.” He goes on talk about the White Sox and the recent death of Batting Coach Charley Lau. Veeck states that the Sox have lost their “security blanket” and that they are “floundering.” He goes into more detail about the Sox’s poor hitting at the beginning of the baseball season.
13:05Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who continue to talk about the definition of the slump. This leads into a segment that features interviews with Cubs fans giving their opinion as to who should be playing First Base on the team: Bill Buckner or Leon Durham. It is about an equal split between fans who want to see Buckner or Durham at First Base.
14:47Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who continue to debate over who should be playing the position. This cuts into an interview with both Buckner and Durham about the current situation.
15:12Copy video clip URL McReynolds asks Buckner why he has been shunned from the team. Buckner states that these kinds of events are normal on teams but that he had never been replaced before. “You know, it’s happened to a lot of people but it hadn’t happened to me before; you know I’ve had a good career and things have gone pretty good for me, but, you know I’ve worked at it and I found out that you know in this game, you can’t take anything for granted and you got to come out and work hard at it and do the best you can under the situation that you’re under.” Durham states that there is a lot of talent on the bench and that both he and Buckner deserve to be starting. Buckner goes on to talk about his motivations for playing. Durham also states that because he’s gotten the opportunity to play first base, he would like to keep it.
17:29Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who continue to discuss the question of who should be playing first base for the Cubs.
17:53Copy video clip URL Cut to the “Time Out Sports Almanac” segment.
18:49Copy video clip URL Cut back to the back bar table where Mengelt and McReynolds are sitting down with Tyrone Corbin of the DePaul Men’s Basketball team. Corbin talks about his experience trying out for the U.S. Olympic team. Corbin states that he felt he was given a fair shot. The three also talk about Olympic Coach Bobby Knight and his effect on the choosing of players. This eventually cuts into a segment showcasing St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop Ozzie Smith and his flashy style of play.
23:45Copy video clip URL McReynolds asks Smith about the media and fans labeling Smith as a “hot dog” type of player. Smith states that he was used to it because it is something that has been with him most of his life. McReynolds also asks Smith about a rather slick play he recently made against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Smith talks about the play in great detail as it rolls in slow motion over the audio of the interview.
25:41Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who talk about the “showboating” aspect of baseball. They then make their sports predictions for the week. The credits follow shortly afterward.
29:13Copy video clip URL A few different promos/commercials roll before the end of the tape.
30:37Copy video clip URL Tape ends.