Here we have a clip uploaded by MLB.com to their YouTube channel. As described in the video's info:
6/15/69: Athletics outfielder Reggie Jackson hits his 23rd home run of the seasonThat's exactly what we get. Reggie Jackson, in the beautiful sleeveless A's uniforms, takes Sonny Siebert deep into the Fenway bullpen for his 23rd home run of the 1969 season. This game was broadcast on WHDH-TV and we have Ken Coleman on the wet-blanket call.
What makes this clip so particularly interesting is where it came from and what it represents. This footage comes from the New England Museum of Sports. We've talked about footage from the Sports Museum before. There is an extensive cache of clips and highlights that survived from when WHDH lost their license. Up until now, it was not known whether MLB was in possession of all of this. This clip makes it clear they do have it.
Which brings me to the most important point: this June 15, 1969 game survives as a pretty extensive partial. Roughly 2 hours and 7 minutes of this game, in beautiful color, has been saved. Sans for part of the top of the 3rd inning, the game is complete into the top of the 8th inning. This is a pretty sizeable partial color broadcast, which seems to be missing the final reel/tape of the game.
With this game having been in trading circles for years now, you're left with less hope that the final reel/tape will ever be found. The full radio broadcast of this June game can be purchased on-line, which would allow fans to finish the game should this ever be offered through and official vendor. Still, complete or not, this is one of those amazing finds that is the whole reason those of us that are always on the look for stuff continue to search!
I've got the 2hr 7min game on dvdReplyDelete
You were one of the first readers to mention it. What are your opinions of the game? Have you tried combining the TV and Radio broadcast to watch?Delete
No but they are on 2 dvd's one is 1 hr 2 min the other 1 hr 5 min. Excellent QualityReplyDelete
Just Great watching those older games in color. Was the day after Reggie had his 10 RBI Game. Good GameReplyDelete
Interesting to see the A's wearing BLACK spikes in this clip...did the airline lose their white ones? Rob (twib77)ReplyDelete
Where can I find the radio broadcast of this game? Who are the seller(s) or collectors? Thank you for help in this. Have a very Merry Christmas too! 🌲🌲🌲ReplyDelete