[Bill Veeck Night #2]

This tape is part two of "Bill Veeck Night" at Comiskey Park, a farewell celebration to Veeck following his stint in the hospital and his announcement that he will be selling the team and retiring from a career in baseball. This event aired on live television, was hosted by Harry Caray and Rich King, and features interviews with a number of baseball celebrities and Veeck's biggest fans who celebrated the evening prior to the game at Comiskey that night.

01:00Copy video clip URL Rich King speaks with Bob Elson, the legendary sportscaster for the White Sox for many years. Elson speaks with admiration about Veeck, noting that their careers parallel each other.

02:50Copy video clip URL Announcer Bill Finnegan introduces the truck carrying “30 tons a day,” which is the title of his book chronicling his time running Suffolk Downs, a horse racing track in Boston.

04:20Copy video clip URL Harry Caray on the field with Billy Martin, the manager of the Oakland A’s, who pays tribute to Veeck. Martin says that Veeck gives everything to the players and the fans. He says that Charlie Finley is the only other person who has done so much for players and fans.

06:10Copy video clip URL Harry Caray grabs Max Patkin, the comic baseball player, who says that Veeck got him started in Cleveland in 1946.

08:30Copy video clip URL Another video set to music highlighting some White Sox footage and some of Veeck’s promotions.

11:00Copy video clip URL Back to the field with an introduction of Bill’s gift, which is a 1960 Buick in pieces in the back of a pickup truck.

12:30Copy video clip URL Recreation of the St. Louis Browns stunt when Veeck sent out little person Eddie Gaedel, who took the plate to create the smallest strike zone ever. The part of Eddie Gaedel is played by Bill Fleming, Jr.

17:00Copy video clip URL Fans give Veeck a standing ovation.

18:20Copy video clip URL The famous exploding scoreboard created by Veeck shoots off some fireworks in honor of Veeck.

19:55Copy video clip URL Video clip of Veeck’s career set to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”

24:50Copy video clip URL Harry Caray signs off by saying that we did this not because we had to, but because we wanted to do this as a way of honoring a great man.

26:00Copy video clip URL End of tape.

 

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