Time Out, episode 125

This tape features a 1984 episode of "Time Out," a weekly sports program that is hosted by a number of Chicago area journalists and sportscasters. This week's commentators are award winning sports columnist John Schulian, Kenny McReynolds, a WBMX Sportscaster and Assistant Coach for DePaul University's Men's Basketball team, Phil Hersh of the Chicago Tribune, and former NBA star John Mengelt.

00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with a black screen, countdown, and promos.

00:41Copy video clip URL Opening sequence for the program.

01:04Copy video clip URL Dissolve into a shot of the four commentators in the back room on the set of “Time Out.” The narrator gives a brief overview of the content for this episode, which includes: a commentary from Bill Veeck on the pressures of big league managers, a visit to Chicago’s lakefront to interview fishing enthusiasts, and an interview with Chicago Cubs Manager Jim Frey.

01:41Copy video clip URL The four commentators begin to talk about the Chicago Cubs and their dynamite season up to that point. Each commentator has good things to say about the team, especially Second Baseman Ryne Sandberg. This leads into a segment on fishing in Lake Michigan.

04:26Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of the view of the downtown area from Montrose Harbor in Chicago. Men, women, and children are seen casting their fishing lines out into the lake as the unrelenting summer sun shines down. Fisherman talk about their experiences fishing at Montrose Harbor.

07:02Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who go on to talk about the Chicago White Sox and their terrible performances on the road. They briefly talk about a USFL game that had aired the night before the taping of the show.

10:15Copy video clip URL Cut to the “Time Out Sports Almanac” segment.

11:16Copy video clip URL Cut back to an interview with Chicago Cubs Manager Jim Frey. Schulian and McReynolds talk to Frey about the Cubs’ progression from being a team in turmoil during spring training to becoming one of the best teams in baseball. Frey attributes their winning season to a trade they made to the Philadelphia Phillies early in the season. Frey goes on to talk about the improvement in the pitching staff as well.  Frey also address the media swell around the ball club and how it has affected the players. The three go on to talk about Ryne Sandberg, Leon Durham, and their contributions to the team. McReynolds also asks Frey about his managerial style and if it has changed since managing the Cubs. Frey states that his managerial style has not changed very much, but emphasizes the fact that the Cubs are a much different team than the Kansas City Royals team he previously managed. This leads into a commentary from Bill Veeck.

17:57Copy video clip URL From his home in Hyde Park, Bill Veeck talks about the triumphs, trials, and tribulations that come along with managing a baseball team. Veeck talks about the positive attributes of both Jim Frey and Tony LaRussa.

20:55Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who go on to talk about the 1984 Olympics’ effect on professional sports in the U.S.

23:41Copy video clip URL Fran Spielman visits Thillens Stadium in Chicago to talk to Rosie Black, pitcher for the Queen In Her Court fast pitch softball team. Black talks about her time spent with the four person team, which includes a pitcher, catcher, first baseman, and a shortstop. Spielman takes a few pitches from Black before the segment ends.

25:44Copy video clip URL Cut back to a shot of the four commentators who are talking about some of the recent fan fighting incidents that took place at Wrigley Field. They quickly move on to make their predictions of the week. The program ends shortly afterwards.

28:04Copy video clip URL The credits roll as the program comes to a close. A promo follows the credits.

29:01Copy video clip URL Tape ends.



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