The 1958 NFL Title Game, the 1958 Baltimore Colts Highlights and the 1958 New York Giants Highlights are available for the first time on a new 2-hour, 10-minute DVD
! We have also included two more films about this famous game – newsreel highlights and the vintage film “The Greatest Game Ever Played!”
These original films have now been restored by Rare Sportsfilms and all five
are now included on this huge new 2-hour+ DVD! The Colts highlight film, narrated by Chuck Thompson and presented by National Bohemian Beer, and the Giants film, narrated by Chris Schenkel and presented by Ballentine Beer, each show the top games (see below) from the regular season.
The young Colts won the Western Conference with two weeks still to go in the season, but head coach Jim Lee Howell’s ‘Miracle Giants’ had a tough fight all the way to tie for the Eastern title, then had to beat the defending Eastern Champion Cleveland Browns for the third time that season in a special playoff to even meet the Colts in the Championship Game! All this is covered in the two team highlight films presented on this DVD. First, “The World Champion Colts”
takes you through the ’58 Colts season showing highlights of all the big games. Included are locker room interviews (head coach Weeb Eubank, owner Carroll Rosenbloom and Johnny Unitas) following the clinching of the Western Division Title vs the 49’ers. Then at the end of the film is a special Chuck Thompson interview with Eubank in which the NFL “Coach Of The Year” summarizes the Colt’s season.
The “1958 New York Giants”
highlight film, shows in detail the “miracle stretch run” of the Giants at the end of the regular season. Pat Summerall’s winning 49-yd FG in the swirling snow beats Cleveland in the final game of the regular season and sets up a special Eastern Title Playoff the following week against the Browns, again at Yankee Stadium. The Giants hold the great Jim Brown to only 8 yards in that 10-0 game and win the East! At the end of this film, produced by Winik Films of New York, a short version of the NFL Championship game is shown. Shot from the opposite side of the field than the longer, official film produced by Tel Ra for national viewing, it offers a “reverse angle” on all plays shown!
The “1958 NFL Championship Game”
is the official, long version film of the title game made by Tel Ra Productions. Introduced with a special message from Bob Considine, and also presented by Ballentine Beer (commercial included), the film covers the pre-game warmups, pageantry and color of this famous NFL Championship. What begins as an NFL Title Game between two great teams ends in an unforgettable first-ever overtime game that inspires folklore and finds a special place in the pro football history books forever! The action begins on a Unitas to Lenny Moore 60-yd pass play which soon ended with a Steve Myhra 27-yd FG attempt blocked by Sam Huff. Later in the quarter, Pat Summerall’s 36-yd FG gives the Giants a 3-0 lead. The Giants begin double-teaming Moore the rest of the game, so the Colt offense becomes Alan Ameche on the ground and Unitas to Raymond Berry through the air. Ameche and Berry each score TD’s in the first half, and at the intermission it’s 14-3 Colts. The Giants hold the colts scoreless throughout almost all of the second half and two TD’s give them the lead by the 4th quarter, 17-14. But Myhra’s game-tying FG with 5 seconds left ties the game 17-17 and sets up the first overtime game in NFL history! The weary Giants get the ball first but can’t score. The Colts then move from their own 20 and, 12 plays later, including a 33-yard pass from Unitas to Berry, reach the Giants one-yard line. Fullback Ameche goes over for the winning TD at 8:15 to end this historic 23-17 game!
Within a week after this unforgettable game, “Highlights of the Game”
were being shown on TV and in movie theaters across the country. We have also included some of these newsreel highlights showing more action you have probably never seen from this historic game! Many spectacular shots are closeups taken by ground-level cameras! Then, 20 years later, a new film produced by Tel Ra titled “The Greatest Game Ever Played”
was released to commemorate this game and it’s importance in the history of pro football. Interviews and commentary by the two head coaches, Weeb Eubank and Jim Lee Howell, make this an interesting look back at the game even 30 years ago!
On this new DVD, Colts fans will enjoy seeing all the players from the fabulous 1958 team and Giants fans will enjoy watching their heroes from 1958. Throughout, you’ll see Colt players Unitas, Moore, Berry, Myhra, L.G. Dupre, Dave Sherer, Jim Mutscheller, Bert Rechichar, Don Shinnick, Andy Nelson, Jim Parker, Sherman Plunkett, Ordell Braase, Gino Marchetti, Art Donovan, Big Daddy Lipscomb and many others! Giant players shown in action include Summerall, Huff, Charley Conerly, Don Heinrich, George Shaw, Don Chandler, Kyle Rote, Frank Gifford, Alex Webster, Joe Morrison, Mel Triplett, Bob Schnelker, Cliff Livingston, Lindon Crow, Jim Patton, Roosevelt Grier, Darrell Dess, Jack Stroud, Ray Wietecha, Jim Katcavage, Andy Robustelli, Dick Modzelewski and more!
1958 COLTS GAMES SHOWN
Won 9, Lost 3
Sun. Sept 28 – Colts 28, Lions 15 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore
Sat. Oct. 4 – Colts 51, Bears 38 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore (Night Game)
Sun Oct. 12 – Colts 24, Packers 17 at County Stadium, Milwaukee
Sun. Oct 26 – Colts 35, Redskins 10 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore
Sun Nov. 2 – Colts 56, Packers 0, at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore
Sun. Nov. 23 – Colts 34, Rams 7 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore
Sun. Dec. 30 – Colts 35, 49ers 27 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore
1958 GIANTS GAMES SHOWN
Won 9, Lost 3
Sun. Nov. 9 – Giants 24, Colts 21 at Yankee Stadium, New York
Sun. Dec. 7 – Giants 19, Lions 17 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
Sun. Dec. 14 – Giants 13, Browns 10 at Yankee Stadium, New York
Sun. Dec. 21 – Giants 10, Browns 0 at Yankee Stadium, New York (Eastern Playoff)
Sun. Dec. 28 - Colts 23, Giants 17 at Yankee Stadium – NFL Title (Winik Films version)
1958 NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Mon. Dec. 28 – Colts 23, Giants 17 at Yankee Stadium, New York