Raw footage for the documentary "Veeck: A Man for Any Season." Interview with Bill Veeck at home after lunch. Subjects range from Veeck's day-to-day, gardening, and holography.
00:06Copy video clip URL Tape opens in the middle of a conversation. Audio is hard to discern from interviewer.
1:45Copy video clip URL What is your typical day? Veeck wakes up at 6am, tries to steal a few more minutes of sleep, but by six thirty he is in the bathtub and soaks for a few hours each morning. Gets to read, telephone. By eight thirty/nine o’clock he discerns what he has to do each day. There is no typical day for him, especially in the baseball business.
3:29Copy video clip URL “I am extremely fortunate. I’m like Charlie Chaplin with his nuts and bolts…” Tries to write a lead every day and gets his wife to read it over and over again.
4:45Copy video clip URL “If I’m not doing a piece and it’s pretty day…I would go to work in a little garden.” He calls these things a form of escape. A paradox: “All spectator sports are a form of escape…escape is important…but the paradox is that my average, normal life is usually the escape for other people.”
6:33Copy video clip URL “There’s something wonderful about gardens.” Goes on to describe the joys of gardening.
10:00Copy video clip URL Baseball life.
11:47Copy video clip URL Veeck says it is important to remain in touch with society through the news and especially by meeting people.
13:30Copy video clip URL “I have never been bored.” Veeck says it is important to have a variety of interests. He picks up book about holographs. “I figure I can use this book on holography to devise a new scoreboard for day baseball.” He says there are very few night games–17 at most in San Francisco.
16:14Copy video clip URL End of tape.