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Showing posts with label Don Larsen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Don Larsen. Show all posts

2.23.2007

We've all seen it: Yogi Berra leaping into arms after the final out of the pitcher's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

For decades, it also was considered one of the few images that survived from that day, with footage from the original broadcast of the entire game assumed to be lost forever.

Enter Doak Ewing, an Illinois sports film collector and founder of Rare Sports Films, Inc. He revealed last year that in the early 1990s he had acquired a kinescope - made by using a movie camera to film a television broadcast directly off the screen - that featured all but the first inning of Game 5 between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees.

Apparently, an Alaska man acquired the recording while serving overseas. It was a common practice in the 50s for networks to send kinescopes of the World Series to U.S. forces to watch, with the condition that they be destroyed afterward.

The Larsen game managed to survive, and from Alaska made its way to an Oregon flea market in the 90s, where a collector found it and notified Ewing, who hasn't showed it publicly or reproduced it for fear of having it pirated.

On Friday night, Ewing will show the only known recording of Larsen's perfect game to the public for the first time. The audience at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center will include Larsen, Yogi Berra and Bob Wolff, who did the original radio broadcast. All three are anxious, since they haven't seen it since the day it was played.

The evening will begin with a baseball-style buffet, followed by the game and then a question-and-answer session with Larsen, Berra and Wolff. A portion of the ticket sales (80 of them priced at $300 each) will go to the museum and the Don Larsen Foundation.

Berra still recalls what he said to Larsen after the Yankees won the '56 Series in seven games and Larsen was named MVP.

"I could have won the car if you hadn't pitched a no-hitter."


Source: USA Today