Raw footage for the documentary "Veeck: A Man For Any Season." In this tape, Bill Veeck sits on a park bench and talks about Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, Tipp O'Neill, Nat King Cole, the Tribune Company, Harry Caray, and Mike Royko.
00:00Copy video clip URL Bars and tone.
00:19Copy video clip URL Bill Veeck sits on a park bench. He talks about Mayor Richard J. Daley. Veeck didn’t agree with Daley’s tactics, but he felt that Daley was a good mayor insofar as he got things done. He was a true White Sox fan who bought tickets and attended the games. “He’s the only Mayor I ever heard of, who paid for his tickets.”
02:01Copy video clip URL Veeck talks about how the American League was determined to move the White Sox to Seattle. Mayor Daley would call every morning and ask what they needed to raise in order keep the White Sox in Chicago. “Stay by your phone for the next hour. I bet some money will come in.” Every day, an hour later, Veeck would get another call with a $100,000 donation.
04:35Copy video clip URL “He thought it was an affront to the city of Chicago, for the American League to even threaten to move” the White Sox.
05:30Copy video clip URL Veeck talks about Tipp O’Neil, the Speaker of the House during the 1970s, who came to the racetrack when Veeck owned a horse-racing operation in Boston, MA. “He always remembered where his advantage lay… Tipp, I think, was for ‘Tip first.'”
07:19Copy video clip URL About Nat King Cole. “He was a very dear friend.” Veeck met him in Cleveland when he was performing at a club. His singer was away, and that was the first time Cole started singing regularly.
09:29Copy video clip URL Veeck wrote a note to Natalie Cole after her father died. “He was a remarkably fine man. Great company. Bright and alert. Wonderful sense of humor. Splendid company. Fine man. And I wish I could sing like him. I knew all the lyrics and couldn’t sing a note.”
10:24Copy video clip URL “Can’t see, can’t hear, one leg, can’t sing,” Veeck jokes about himself.
10:47Copy video clip URL “I have never been bored… and I still look forward to every day with enthusiasm.” He says he’ll probably have to sit in the bleachers at Comiskey Park because they don’t sell their seats in advance and they haven’t raised the price.
12:36Copy video clip URL “I find that I mistrust [the Tribune company’s] every act. I feel they are conniving continuously. There is not much I can do to thwart them,” but he can at least register his discontent.
13:26Copy video clip URL Harry Caray keeps noting that he doesn’t see Bill Veeck.
14:00Copy video clip URL About Mike Royko. Wrote a column about Murdoch and citizenship and greed.
15:06Copy video clip URL Veeck believes the Tribune company, who own the Chicago Cubs, are angling for a new ballpark. “Most of Wrigley Field is younger than the Tribune Tower.”
18:34Copy video clip URL End of tape.