[Veeck: A Man For Any Season raw #63]


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Raw footage for the documentary "Veeck: A Man For Any Season." This tape features footage of a Chicago Sports Hall of Fame awards ceremony, where Veeck is about to be inducted.

00:00 Bars and tone.

01:32 This tape takes place in a party atmosphere. There is lots of ambient background noise and music. Bill Veeck speaks to a woman about money and business.

02:37 A gentleman walks up to Veeck and interrupts his conversation to shake hands and clink glasses.

03:20 The woman asks about the appointment of Andrew McKenna to the board of the Chicago Bears.

04:50 The conversation becomes difficult to hear because of the jazz music playing in the background. Veeck talks about his father and how he would be unhappy to see what they’re charging for bleacher seats at Wrigley.

05:57 Difficult to hear over the music. Veeck talks about the Tribune’s ownership of the Cubs.

06:28 The woman asks Veeck when they will be done filming the TV special. “This is right now a living obituary. They don’t say that, but that’s what it is.”

07:21 Veeck says he is not sitting in the bleachers anymore because he’s opposed to the idea of selling the tickets in advance. He’s also upset about the new $7.50 section. “They were meant to be for a guy who couldn’t buy a lot of seats, and for a guy who was like ‘hey, it’s a beautiful day, let’s go.'”

09:52 A barbershop quartet sings in the background.

10:35 A man talks about having met Bill Veeck in 1959. “When you have lunch with Bill it takes two and a half hours.”

12:48 Close-ups of the barbershop quartet singing, while Veeck chats with various people in the background.

13:20 Close-up of Chicago Sports Hall of Fame sign.

13:42 A man tells a story of being in the Dominican Republic and watching baseball there. The people there like Harry Caray. They call him “the fat man with the glasses.”

16:40 An interview with James Edward Day, who claims that he tried to buy the White Sox before Veeck. He had Mohammed Ali in his group of investors.

18:13 “I gotta come over here and tell you I’ve admired you, I’m 58 and I’ve admired you for 50 years, Bill.”

18:27 End of tape.



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