This Sunday, February 9th, would be the 106th birthday of one of sports, Chicago’s and our personal heroes, Bill Veeck (1914-1986). The Media Burn Archive has close to 300 videos about and with the baseball Hall of Famer who owned baseball teams in Milwaukee, Cleveland, St. Louis and Chicago (twice). But his life and wisdom went far beyond sports. He wrote five books, had his own radio and TV shows for 40 years and did thousands of speaking engagements. Like many … Continue reading
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“He was the nicest man I’ve ever met. I guess that’s going out of style talking about your parents that way but, he was.” -Bill Veeck When legendary ball club owner, Bill Veeck Jr., was being posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, his wife Mary Frances spoke of some of Veeck’s professional commandments. Among them, “in your hiring be color-blind, gender-blind, age-and-experience blind.” For Veeck, everyone held the potential to teach him something. Famous for his wild and … Continue reading
“I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.” —Bill Veeck It’s opening day at Wrigley Field and the Cubs will play the first game of their 100th season at Wrigley. To celebrate we have a video of legendary baseball owner Bill Veeck in the stands at Wrigley on opening day 1985. As a fan and an owner Bill Veeck offered a … Continue reading
BABE RUTH… Ask people to name five baseball players. Most will include “Babe Ruth,” even though his prime was 80 or 90 years ago and he died in 1948, 67 years ago this week. Many consider George Herman Ruth Jr. one of the greatest icons not only in baseball, but in all of American history. He was the most dominant player ever. In the 1922 season, he hit 54 home runs. No other player hit more than 19 and only … Continue reading
We had a productive week thanks to our five University of Michigan School of Information graduate students. We have a lot to tell you about… coming soon! We also had a great time sharing our experiences with our colleagues at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference last weekend in Chicago. Plus, our video projections at the Screen Test party at Gallery 400 were a hit! Tom Colley, Sara Chapman, Carolyn Faber, Nancy Watrous Now, off to Florida 1978, where … Continue reading
Raw footage for the documentary Veeck: A Man For Any Season. This tape continues an interview with Bill Veeck at home. The tape begins in the middle of him discussing what it is like to be disfigured. He describes various public health perceptions about leprosy and cancer. Later, he talks about his “ongoing love affair” with the English language and quotes Rudyard Kipling’s “The Wolf.” The end of the tape is footage of glass mobiles hanging inside and in Veeck’s backyard. Continue reading