1969 Cubs 1,2,3

An assortment of past Cubs players are interviewed over the course of several reunion-style events.

00:18Copy video clip URL Narration comes in, and we hear that this tape is from Phoenix, AZ.

00:37Copy video clip URL Several men exit a van, helping a woman out as well. The group heads into a complex, seemingly the site of a large party.

01:30Copy video clip URL Guests sign the guestbook at the event before the camera cuts to an ice statue display “69” prominently. Several close up shots of the ice and its display follow.

02:20Copy video clip URL Guests continue to come in, and soothing jazz music continues to play as they all eat and converse.

03:00Copy video clip URL A group of guests can be seen watching baseball on the television; it seems that most of the guests are involved in the baseball world, as they discuss various aspects of the sport.

04:15Copy video clip URL The filmmaker introduces himself as Joel Cohen to one guest, who he says he has met before while working on a previous project. Cohen and the guest marvel at the location of the party.

05:00Copy video clip URL Various b-roll shots of the party follow, showing guests and the scenes around them. Many of them discuss bits of their experiences with baseball. One man in particular comments on an impressive spat of victories which he remembers having.

08:00Copy video clip URL A couple partygoers are interviewed, speaking about their experiences with baseball.

08:50Copy video clip URL One guest says that in baseball, no matter what, the goal is just to go out and have fun.

09:45Copy video clip URL A tight shot on Jim McAndrew’s name tag pans out to show McAndrew speaking to another guest about his father’s battle with cancer.

10:10Copy video clip URL Another guest — Bill Andrews — reflects on how things have changed since he played for the Cubs. He says he’s just excited that the Chicago Bears are finally winning games. He’s then asked about tomorrow’s game, which sounds to be something of a reunion match, pitting groups of former players against each other. He says that he’s worried about being out of practice — “hopefully we don’t embarrass ourselves.”

11:30Copy video clip URL Several more minutes of b-roll follow, including shots of guests entering the party. Another shot is of Rich Nye signing his name on an enormous number of frames. “I haven’t done this in a long time,” he says, noting that it’s fun to do it again.

12:50Copy video clip URL A clown performs for some children guests, juggling rings and doing other tricks in front of them. The clown then moves inside of the party, doing the same tricks for the children and other guests.

14:20Copy video clip URL Ted Abernathy is shown briefly signing the same frames which Rich Nye did earlier before the tape cuts back to more b-roll from around the party. Several guests sign a large baseball graphic which reads “Dream Game ‘86.”

16:00Copy video clip URL Another guest signs the frames, and a bit more b-roll follows.

16:35Copy video clip URL The tape cuts, reopening at a baseball field — presumably the site of the “Dream Game.” On the field, a group of kids stand around the pitcher’s mound, and Fergie Jenkins stands in front of them and gives instructions on being a pitcher. Jenkins gives a detailed description of the important aspects of being a pitcher, touching on things from the way to throw the ball to what to do after the balls been hit.

21:00Copy video clip URL Jenkins answers various questions, speaking at length about how the pitcher “controls the game,” noting that this is a great way to keep from getting nervous when pitching.

23:00Copy video clip URL The camera cuts to Billy Williams, who is speaking about how he won the 1961 Rookie of the Year award; he says that winning such an award inspired him to be disciplined and set out goals for himself in subsequent years. Williams enumerates several of his goals, which were linked to specific stat-based metrics. He then says that having good years in baseball is very difficult — it takes a lot of work.

24:25Copy video clip URL Williams speaks about the path which being a good hitter can take you on, before getting into the specifics of batting; he begins with an explanation of the bat. The man then speaks about how and where to stand when batting, emphasizing certain important things. Then the man speaks about the actual act of hitting — how to swing and how to step.

27:30Copy video clip URL A shot of a plane flying overhead marks the end of the shot of that man’s instruction and is followed by several b-roll type shots of the groups of kids.

28:10Copy video clip URL A third man speaks to a third group of kids about the extraordinary importance of practice; then the group of kids becomes infatuated with the TV camera, waving and yelling at it.

29:20Copy video clip URL The shot cuts to some b-roll of kids milling around, and then to Glenn Beckert holding up his baseball playing card and introducing himself.

30:15Copy video clip URL A couple other men examine one of their playing cards, comparing stats and ribbing each other. Gene Oliver then introduces himself as one of the two men.

32:05Copy video clip URL Randy Hundley then introduces himself, speaking — as the others have — about what he’s doing with his life after retirement.

32:50Copy video clip URL Hundley and Oliver stand next to each other and speak about how well they’ve stayed in touch — in contrast with most of the other players. They also speak about the baseball they play now, as part of Hundley’s camps for adults. They also examine what positions each player will play in the current game while comparing stats from when they played in the MLB.

36:15Copy video clip URL The film cuts briefly, reopening on Fergie Jenkins’ player card, who then introduces himself. He’s been farming for twelve years in Canada, he says.

37:10Copy video clip URL Billy Williams introduces himself and speaks about what he’s doing nowadays. He notes that he’s working as a part-time hitting coach for the Cubs. Williams does several takes of his introduction.

39:00Copy video clip URL Ken Holtzmann holds up his card and introduces himself, as usual noting what he does not that he’s retired.

40:20Copy video clip URL The film cuts to a cocktail party, and shows several scenes from around the event. Players are shown signing bats and other paraphernalia.

42:00Copy video clip URL A closeup shot shows pennant for a 1969 matchup between the Cubs and the Mets, before switching back to various shots from around the party.

43:00Copy video clip URL Willie Smith and Jim Hickman hold up their player cards, and introduce themselves with their current location and occupation — as the previous players did.

44:00Copy video clip URL Al Spangler does the same, introducing himself as living in Huffman, TX, teaching high school algebra, and coaching baseball. He does several takes of his introduction, working to make it sound smooth and natural.

46:00Copy video clip URL Ted Abernathy introduces himself as living in Gaston, NC. He discusses his MLB career with the filmmaker, which included 12 years of pitching.

47:45Copy video clip URL Bill Hands introduces himself as living in Orient, NY, and working in the oil business.

48:05Copy video clip URL Dick Selma speaks about his MLB career, saying that he played a total of 16 years — eight in the big leagues and eight in the littles. He is now the coach at Fresno City College, and he compares that with coaching in Anchorage, AK. Selma also speaks to his relationship with the people of Chicago, saying that the fans he encountered in Chicago were in a class of their own.

50:35Copy video clip URL Selma explains an incident from several decades ago, saying that he was coming out of the locker room and found Wrigley Stadium was uncharacteristically silent, so he yelled at the fans to make some noise. After he did, a Cubs player hit a home run; the next game, he was told to stay in the bullpen and rouse the fans.

52:40Copy video clip URL Dick Selma formally introduces himself, saying he lives in Fresno, CA.

52:55Copy video clip URL Rich Nye introduces himself as living in Des Plaines, IL, and working as a vet specialized in “birds and exotic animals.”

53:50Copy video clip URL The video cuts and audio ends. Tape ends.

 

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