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tebman
08-23-2012, 11:52 AM
There's a nicely done story (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/sports/baseball/widows-of-bill-veeck-and-wendell-smith-keep-a-pioneering-legacy-alive.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all) from the New York Times on Bill Veeck's wife, Mary Frances, and pioneering sportswriter Wendell Smith's wife, Wyonella. Both still live in Chicago and have been friends for more than 50 years.

Check it out. It's a good read.

LITTLE NELL
08-23-2012, 02:19 PM
Great and heartwarming story, I read Smith's columns back in the day and he also filled in on the sports segment on WGN news once in awhile.
Anyone remember that Bill and Mary Frances had a show back in 1959 on TV where they discussed the fortunes of the White Sox which I might add were very good that year until we lost the second game of the World Series.

SI1020
08-23-2012, 02:47 PM
There's a nicely done story (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/sports/baseball/widows-of-bill-veeck-and-wendell-smith-keep-a-pioneering-legacy-alive.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all) from the New York Times on Bill Veeck's wife, Mary Frances, and pioneering sportswriter Wendell Smith's wife, Wyonella. Both still live in Chicago and have been friends for more than 50 years.

Check it out. It's a good read. When you open up the dictionary and look up the word gentleman there should be a picture of Wendell Smith under the heading. A pure professional who exuded quiet strength and class. He also helped get Jackie Robinson into MLB when he determinedly lobbied Branch Rickey, who was looking for the ideal black candidate.


Great and heartwarming story, I read Smith's columns back in the day and he also filled in on the sports segment on WGN news once in awhile.
Anyone remember that Bill and Mary Frances had a show back in 1959 on TV where they discussed the fortunes of the White Sox which I might add were very good that year until we lost the second game of the World Series. That makes it twice in one day. Yes, I remember that show. IIRC it ran in the 1960 season too.

Medford Bobby
08-23-2012, 04:22 PM
I met him when i was a kid back in June of 1970 at WGN tv studios....very nice man.

kba
08-23-2012, 10:21 PM
Anyone remember that Bill and Mary Frances had a show back in 1959 on TV where they discussed the fortunes of the White Sox which I might add were very good that year until we lost the second game of the World Series.

Fortunately, a lot of video of the Veecks' TV appearances still survives on the MediaBurn site, including one of Bill's shows from 1953 (http://mediaburn.org/video/bill-veecks-front-office/) (!), Bill and Mary Francis together with Edward R. Murrow in 1959 (http://dev.fitv.aihr.us/video/person-to-person/), and a ton of other stuff (http://mediaburn.org/tag/bill-veeck/) from the 1950's to the 80's.

tebman
08-24-2012, 08:19 AM
Fortunately, a lot of video of the Veecks' TV appearances still survives on the MediaBurn site, including one of Bill's shows from 1953 (http://mediaburn.org/video/bill-veecks-front-office/) (!), Bill and Mary Francis together with Edward R. Murrow in 1959 (http://dev.fitv.aihr.us/video/person-to-person/), and a ton of other stuff (http://mediaburn.org/tag/bill-veeck/) from the 1950's to the 80's.

Those old videos are fun to watch. There had previously been a complete Bill Veeck Show on that site from the late 1960s where the topic of discussion was the abrupt and shady move of the Braves from Milwaukee to Atlanta. The best part of that program was that a young Bud Selig was part of the discussion, representing Milwaukee interests who were upset about the move. I couldn't find that show on the MediaBurn site -- they must have taken it off for some reason.

It's a shame that it's not on there now because it was interesting on so many levels. Veeck's show was on channel 32 when WFLD-TV was a shoestring operation, and you can tell by the production quality. The irony in that program is deep: Veeck was giving Selig a very sympathetic platform for Milwaukee's complaints about the other owners running off with their Braves. Then Selig yanked the Pilots out of Seattle in 1970 to create the Brewers and then tried mightily to keep Veeck from buying the Sox in 1975.

LITTLE NELL
08-24-2012, 11:44 AM
Fortunately, a lot of video of the Veecks' TV appearances still survives on the MediaBurn site, including one of Bill's shows from 1953 (http://mediaburn.org/video/bill-veecks-front-office/) (!), Bill and Mary Francis together with Edward R. Murrow in 1959 (http://dev.fitv.aihr.us/video/person-to-person/), and a ton of other stuff (http://mediaburn.org/tag/bill-veeck/) from the 1950's to the 80's.

I loved watching ''Person to Person'', IIRC it was shown live on Friday nights and in the half hour Edward R. Murrow had to go through a half pack of cigarettes.