This tape features a lecture by Bill Veeck at Northeastern Illinois University in April 1985. This footage was shot for use in the documentary "Veeck: A Man For Any Season."
00:00 This tape begins with color bars and tone.
00:51 Cut to a shot from inside Northeastern Illinois University. We watch as baseball legend Bill Veeck makes his way down the stairs towards the stage of the auditorium.
01:28 The night begins with a short introduction from Provost and Academic Vice President John County. He welcomes everyone to the lecture.
02:40 History Professor Steve Reese takes the podium and gives a short summary of Chicago sports history. The audio clips intermittently throughout his lecture.
06:16 Johnathon Stein of Inland Real Estate introduces Bill Veeck.
09:43 Veeck is welcomed to the podium by a warm round of applause. Veeck leads off with an ice breaker by saying to Stein, “That’s a lovely introduction and you delivered it just as I wrote it.” Veeck then begins to talk about both Cubs Park and Comiskey Park of the past. “It probably is very much similar to our society. It has been cut in pieces–three pieces Wrigley Field was. It has been built in sections. It has been added onto and subtracted from, and yet it survived, and that’s pretty much like baseball.”
12:24 Veeck talks about what a team needs to win a pennant. He says that at least five players on a team generally have to have their best year in order for a team to win a pennant. Veeck states that it is hard to believe that five players on the Cubs will have their best year after following their winning 1984 season. Veeck then recounts some Chicago sports history. He goes on to talk about his ownership of the St. Louis Browns. While Veeck was there, the team was fairly abysmal. Veeck gets cut off by the end of the tape.
15:38 Tape ends.