Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A 'Dizzy-ing' mystery solved

The longer I stay with this hobby, the more and more I learn.  When I originally wrote about Stan Musial's final at-bat, I was left perplexed at the combination of two video pieces into one elongated clip.  

In 2013, I wrote:
"How this game was broadcast is a bit of a mystery.  Having the Dizzy Dean clips at the beginning are what is most perplexing.  In 1963, he was working games for CBS in their Game of the Week broadcasts.  On Saturday, the GOTW on CBS was Minnesota vs Yankees at Yankee Stadium with Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese as per various television listings of the day.  CBS did not have a GOTW on Sunday (although NBC did with Senators vs White Sox) instead showing NFL Football.  So Dean would have had the opportunity to get to St. Louis for the game."

After the jump, I will talk about some archival footage I stumbled upon over the weekend that helped explain where that clip of Dizzy Dean came from and when it aired.

When I originally covered this game broadcast, I pondered whether this was not a KSD-TV broadcast but rather a national broadcast carried by CBS.  At the time, Dizzy Dean was property of the Tiffany Network's baseball coverage.  KSDK was and is an affiliate of NBC (one of the longest running). 

The footage of Dizzy Dean reminiscing about Musial's debut is actually from a KMOX-TV produced special titled "Stan Musial: The Man".  Below is a newspaper clipping from the Edwardsville Intelligencer about the half-hour special.

Having digitized this piece of archival material, the Missouri History Museum offers the entire 30 minute program for your viewing pleasure on their YouTube page.  The footage of Musial's final at-bat (surely a KSD-TV broadcast) is not and would not be included in this special.  With this program airing in early August, Musial wouldn't take his final at-bat until late September.

Donations to the Missouri History Museum and their work in archiving bits of television history like this can be made at their website.

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