Originally Posted by Fenway
It is going to air on NESN this winter and then MLB later. It was a very tricky restore as very few 2 inch video tape machines still exist.
Tony Conigliaro homered in his first Fenway at bat and Curt Gowdy gushes on air at what a thrill it must be for the local youngster.
However the reason it exists is that Yawkey donated the gate to what would become the JFK Library and many famous entertainers appeared before the game - Carol Channing sang the anthem. Jackie, Caroline, John Jr, Bobby, Teddy and Rose were at the game. Yawkey paid for the tape to give to the Kennedy family.
Even with all that - the game only drew 20,000. Baseball was dead in Boston in 1964.
20,000 was a good crowd in those days. 1,000,000 for a season was the holy grail and figuring double headers in, most teams had around 71 or so home dates, that averages out to only 14,084 per date.
Up until 1983 when the Sox hit the 2,000,000 mark the most fans ever to show up for a season for the Sox or Cubs was 1,674,000 by the 69 Cubs with the 77 Sox at 1,657,000. The 29 Cubs held the Chicago record for 30 years when they drew 1,485,000, the 60 Sox finally broke that record with 1,644,000.
The Red Sox never drew more than 1,597,000 until the miracle year of 67 when they drew over 1,700,000.