We weren’t expecting this: “a near pristine black-and-white reel of the entire television
broadcast of the deciding game of the 1960 World Series” was found in the wine cellar of Bing Crosby’s home near San Francisco.
Footage of Bill Mazeroski’s home run is all over the place, but the game itself had been thought to have been lost forever. Crosby, however — a minority owner of the Pirates at the time — had a kinescope created of the game and stored it away. Relatives still own the home, and it was recently uncovered. According to the article, it has been transferred to DVD and MLB Network is going to show the game in December.
Which is fabulous, but I have one humble request to the MLB Network folks: show the game with as little commentary and interruption as possible. I love Bob Costas, and I know that he’ll have some good historical insight into the game, but please, try to limit such things to before and after the game and let the Yankees and the Pirates do the talking. It’s supposed to be one of the best games in the history of baseball. If it can’t speak for itself, no game can.
The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.
Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.