Friday, July 9, 2010

Where the 1965 Recording came from

Despite not hearing back from MLB directly, The New York Post was able to shed some light on where the broadcast came from:

The black and white film's arrival at MLB Network makes for a good story, too. The only known recording of the game came to Secaucus, N.J., eventually, starting from an Alaskan TV station. Years ago, the biggest televised sports and news events wound up in film reel boxes in Alaska and Hawaii for viewing by U.S. servicemen, then shipment to our servicemen stationed further into the Far East.

The 1965 All-Star Game reels made it, somehow, from Minnesota to Alaska, to the Sports Museum of New England, then to MLB Productions. There is still an Alaska, August, 1965, postmark on the packaging containing the three reels.

I almost wonder if our pointing out that MLB acquired prints from the SMNE in the article from a few years ago jogged MLB's memory that they did in fact acquire some prints.


Still very grateful this is seeing the light of day.


  1. Yes, this should be fascinating!

    And who knows, maybe there are other games out there that they just haven't gotten around to opening up!?!?!?!?

    BTW, have you checked out the NL lineup for this All-Star Game? If there's ever been a better one, I'd love to see it!

  2. Costas says in an interview that they will leave a few of the original commercials in the broadcast. That's a nice touch.

    Unfortunately, unlike other broadcasts that are actually in the trading community, the commercials don't ALL survive and never will.

  3. Mays wearing a Cubs batting helmet.

    I wonder if he was wearing a helmet at that point in his career or if he just forgot it.

  4. What's interesting is that we now have *all* of the baseball NBC televised in 1965 since all they did was the All Star Game and World Series that year. The regular Game Of The Week was with ABC that year, while CBS under terms of their old contract with Falstaff Brewery, did Yankee games on Saturdays with Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese (which meant the Yankees never appeared on an ABC game that year).

  5. Do we need to contact Alaska and Hawaii television stations to see if they have anything else gathering dust (1967 World Series broadcasts, per chance)?

    Do we need to get Costas involved, somehow????