Raw footage for the documentary "Veeck: A Man For Any Season." This tape features a continuation of footage of Bill Veeck sitting on a park bench discussing baseball contracts, drug testing, and pain, followed by stills from Veeck's life.
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00:21Copy video clip URL Bill Veeck sits on a park bench discussing baseball contracts and drug testing. Previously, the baseball players surrendered their right to privacy with regard to drug testing, but now that they have big contracts, they can afford drugs and they don’t want to lose their great contracts. They argue that it’s an invasion of privacy, but they didn’t complain about it for forty years. “I find their position specious.”
3:10Copy video clip URL Veeck says that Commissioner Uberroth hasn’t specified what drugs he’s worried about testing for, and that the idea of testing other people besides the players, who are the only ones who affect the quality of the sport, is silly. “It’s a ploy in negotiations with the Players’ Association.”
5:42Copy video clip URL Veeck on pain. “The female of the species withstands pain better than the male. What we have done is create more and more a society in which we are not supposed to have any annoyance… particularly if we have any money. The more money we have, the less we’re supposed to be annoyed.”
08:38Copy video clip URL Pain is sometimes in the mind. Habit also allows people to become used to discomfort.
10:20Copy video clip URL He tries to get off the drugs after an operation after one day because he’s afraid of addiction. He remembers that Barney Ross became addicted when he went on tour for the Marines.
11:55Copy video clip URL Veeck gets off the bench. He is not using his false leg. He is using crutches. He greets a man named Tony. He jokes about preventing them from using the tape by letting it get old.
13:10Copy video clip URL The rest of the tape is stills of Bill Veeck from various points in his life. First, of Bill as grandstand manager. Then in St. Louis on “Fan Manager Night.” Next, as a boy with a baseball player. Then with Philip Wrigley.
18:31Copy video clip URL End of tape.