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Long-lost tape of 1960's Game 7 is found -- thanks to Bing Crosby

Here's an amazing yarn from the New York Times: The long-last NBC broadcast of Game Seven of the 1960 World Series -- the game that saw the Pirates beat the Yankees on Bill Mazeroski's walkoff homer -- has been found and will be shown this fall on MLB Network. 

Where was it found? In the California wine cellar of legendary singer Bing Crosby, who was a Pirates part owner at the time. He was too superstitious to watch the game live and headed to Paris, of all places, to listen on the radio. He had the Mel Allen-Bob Prince broadcast recorded on kinescope for later viewing if the Pirates won.

Crosby then apparently kept the reels in his vault until they were found in December by Robert Bader, vice president for marketing and production of Bing Crosby Enterprises. The company was trying to compile footage of Crosby's TV specials for a DVD release of his work.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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