This tape features footage of 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 the fourth tape of the lecture hall footage, and Veeck has moved on to Q&A.
00:00Copy video clip URL An audience member asks Veeck about the possibility of Chicago baseball being played at Soldier Field. Veeck begins to talk about a game in which the Miami Marlins, a team he had once owned, played at the Orange Bowl. Veeck states that the idea is unrealistic. He then briefly talks about Wrigley Field.
03:31Copy video clip URL An audience member asks Veeck who his All-Star Cubs team would be. At first, Veeck is slightly taken aback by the question, but quickly focuses in on some of his favorite players. Based on longevity, Veeck names a number of different players including Hack Wilson, Billy Williams, Kiki Cuyler, Gabbi Hartnett, Charlie Grimm, Ernie Banks, Billy Jurges, Lon Warneke, Dizzy Dean, and Hal Carlson. Veeck then talks about the 1929 Chicago Cubs team.
07:51Copy video clip URL Veeck is asked to asses the ownership of the five major Chicago sports franchises. Veeck immediately begins to laugh at the question, knowing that he has a lot to say about modern day baseball ownership. He explains that Jerry Reinsdorf has done a good job with the White Sox and the Bulls. Veeck goes on to say that a corporate entity should not own a ball club, and jokes that it’s the reason he is unemployed. He goes on to talk about the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks management.
11:52Copy video clip URL Veeck begins to shares some stories about Charlie Finley and Jimmy Pearsall. Veeck speaks about both men in detail, calling Finley “always difficult” and “never dull.” Veeck refers to Pearsall one of the “best defensive outfielders” that he had ever seen.
14:22Copy video clip URL Veeck talks about Chicago’s support for two MLB teams. He goes into great detail over the differences between Cubs and White Sox fans. Veeck gets cut off by the end of the tape.
16:10Copy video clip URL Tape ends.