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Old 11-28-2011, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Lip Man 1 View Post
Fenway posted that some museum in New England found it and had turned it over to the MLBN for airing.

This was a few years ago.....

Naturally nothing came of it apparently.

Originally Posted by apbaball View Post
So you are saying don't hold my breath. Too bad. A Sox game from the 60s would have very cool to see. The '77 opener against the Jays is the oldest Sox game preserved and something earlier would have been nice.
Originally Posted by Fenway View Post
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.
It will be available after the first of the year.

Lip of all people should know that restoring video from two inch tape is a crapshoot. The big problem is the playback heads spin so quickly it can peel the oxide right off the tape and destroy it - you do not get a second chance. A number of games have been lost because of this.

This tape had to be sent to California where retired engineers of Ampex went to work on it. Unlike say the Game 7 of the 1960 World Series which was a kinescope (film) and could be played back easily - old two inch tapes need to be played on a VTR of the era.

This explains in detail the problem

In any event it was decided that this game would be part of the Fenway 100th Birthday Festival on NESN which will take place in all of 2012.
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