Time Out, episode 129

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, WBMX Sportscaster and Assistant Coach for DePaul University's Men's Basketball team Kenny McReynolds, WIND reporter Fran Spielman, and former NBA star John Mengelt.

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

01:22Copy video clip URL Opening sequence for the program.

01:46Copy video clip URL Dissolve into a shot of the four commentators on the set of “Time Out.” The narrator gives a brief summary of the program which includes a commentary from Bill Veeck, a visit to Wrigley Field to meet the world’s oldest bat boy Yogi Klein, an interview with Chicago tennis great George Lott, and a showcase of Chicago’s best sixteen inch softball team.

02:33Copy video clip URL The four commentators begin by talking about the end of the 1984 Olympics. This leads into a segment on the Aldermen/Press Softball game in which Spielman took part. In the clip, a “Time Out” crew member interviews some of the Aldermen and press people involved in the game.

07:24Copy video clip URL Cut back to a shot of the four commentators in the back room. They go on to talk about the recent Baseball Hall of Fame inductions of Chicago White Sox shortstop Luis Aparicio, L.A. Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale, L.A. Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese, Minnesota Twins first baseman Harmon Killebrew, and catcher Rick Ferrell. This leads into footage of Luis Aparicio accepting his nomination. Shortly afterward, Bill Veeck comments on the importance of Luis Aparicio’s induction into the Hall of Fame.

08:37Copy video clip URL While standing behind the bar over a glass of beer, Veeck giggles over the fact that it took the Baseball Hall of Fame twenty years to recognize Aparicio. Veeck talks about the importance of the shortstop position in great detail. “When you’re starting to put a ball club together the first thing you think about is shortstop, because that’s where the most action is. Out of all the shortstops I’ve ever seen, [Aparicio] was the best.” Veeck goes on to cite Aparicio’s agility, speed, and range as the qualities that made him a Hall of Fame ball player. Veeck also talks about some of the great shortstops of the past as well.

11:55Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who begin to talk about the Chicago Cubs’ poor offense and great pitching in the previous week. They go on to talk about some of the other teams in the MLB. This leads into a segment on Yogi Klein, an insurance salesman from Skokie, IL who is living out his dream of being a bat boy for the Philadelphia Phillies.

14:54Copy video clip URL During a series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs, Yogi Klein gets live to live out his lifelong dream of being a bat boy in the major leagues. Klein is interviewed about his experience being bat boy for the Phillies at Wrigley Field. Klein also talks about his baseball glove that he has been using for the past thirty-eight years.

17:00Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Bill Veeck interviewing Chicago Tennis Legend and DePaul University Tennis Coach George Lott. Veeck and Lott talk about the current state of professional tennis, the difference between Singles and Doubles tennis, and the state of DePaul’s current team.

21:40Copy video clip URL “Time Out Sports Almanac” segment.

22:36Copy video clip URL The four commentators talk about the Chicago Bulls and some of their recent trades and the draft of Michael Jordan. They also briefly talk about the Chicago Bears. This leads into a segment on the Budweiser Whips, Chicago’s premier sixteen inch softball team.

25:07Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Kelly Park at the corner of Archer and California in Chicago. The “Time Out” crew speaks with Budweiser Whips fans and players about their experience watching and playing for the team.

27:07Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of the four commentators who debate over the issue of the modern athlete receiving so much money for their services. They go on to make their predictions for the week. The credits roll shortly afterwards and are followed by a promo.

30:04Copy video clip URL Tape ends.



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