[Veeck: A Man For Any Season raw #35]

This tape features a speech by Bill Veeck at Northeastern Illinois University in April 1985. This footage was shot for the documentary "Veeck: A Man For Any Season." This is a continuation from the last tape.

00:00Copy video clip URL Veeck talks about winning in baseball. “I don’t think that winning is the most important thing. I think it’s the only thing. Otherwise, why keep score? You know, it’s alright to play the game dandy and be a nice little gentleman, but it’s more important really to win, but even more important than that is to have fun winning.” Veeck then begins to take questions from those in attendance after expressing his dislike of N.Y Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner.

01:44Copy video clip URL Veeck answers a question about pay television and its effect on the MLB. Veeck states that pay television is “basically wrong” but that there is a happy medium between the two.

04:47Copy video clip URL An audience member asks Veeck why he has stayed in Chicago. Veeck describes his love for Chicago by citing Illinois Masonic Hospital as a reason why. He labels it as an “outstanding chop shop.” Veeck had been in and out of the hospital in recent years and spent a lot of time at Illinois Masonic. Veeck goes on to say that Chicago is the “greatest town in the country.” He explains that he has had many an opportunity for comparison and states that it is a “comfortable town” and a “good city” despite the weather and some of the politicians. Veeck and the audience member continue to banter with one another about Wrigley Field and the possible installation of lights. The audience member turns out to be a part of an advocacy group against the installation of lights at Wrigley Field. He ends up naming Veeck an honorable chairman of the organization. Veeck responds to this by saying, “And I am glad there are no lights, and I hope there will be no lights, and I hope instead there will be parking.”

08:15Copy video clip URL An audience member asks Veeck about the future of both Minor League and International League Baseball. Veeck believes there will eventually be an international World Series. Veeck talks about other countries and their keeping their best players for improvement for when the time comes. As Veeck is speaking, the sound breaks up a bit. This lasts for a couple of minutes. He then talks about the MLB’s association with the Minor Leagues and how it will change in the coming years. Veeck gets cut off by the end of the tape.

14:28Copy video clip URL Tape ends.

 

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