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1956-1960 “The White Sox At Comiskey”

     Re-live the excitement of the 1959 World Series – Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox! All the color highlights of this historic fall classic plus 1956-1960 “The White Sox at Comiskey” (B & W) are part of this fabulous new DVD from Rare Sportsfilms! Also included are highlights of the Dodgers-Braves National League pennant playoff and a World Series wrap-up showing B & W highlights of the series from a different perspective – new footage never before available on DVD! See Comiskey Park as it looked half a century ago as well as the Dodgers’ first home on the west coast, the huge Memorial Coliseum – for the first time on DVD in beautiful, natural COLOR!! Below is a detailed description of all the contents of this new 77-minute DVD!

  • September 29, 1959 – Game 2 N.L. Pennant playoff at Los Angeles (COLOR) – Trailing 5-2 in the last of the ninth, the Dodgers come roaring back to tie game 5-5. Then in the 12th inning, Furillo’s tricky hopper over second forces Braves’ Felix Mantilla into a throwing error and Hodges scores pennant-clinching run for L.A.!

  • Following the COLOR World Series presentation, B & W highlights from the series – new, never-before-seen footage from the new services of the day showing series action from a totally different perspective!

  • 1956-1960 “The White Sox At Comiskey” – a compilation of rare B & W newsfilm footage from the heart of the Chisox “Go-Go” era! Shows the Sox playing (mostly the Yankees), Indians, Red Sox and Orioles, all at Old Comiskey Park!

1959 WORLD SERIES – Historic Comiskey Park is host to its first World Series in 40 years as Game 1 unfolds and Early Wynn opposes Roger Craig. After scoring twice in the first inning, the Sox pound across seven runs in the third and two more in the 4th on two titanic home runs by first baseman Ted Kluszewski. White Sox bang the ball all over the park and rout Dodgers 11-0!

     Game 2 features Bob Shaw vs. Johnny Podres. Again the Sox jump out to a quick 2-0 lead and hold it until the fifth when Charlie Neal homers for the first Dodger run of the series. A spectacular camera shot shows a full cup of beer dropping into leftfielder Al Smith’s face as he watches the ball settle into the left field stands above him! With the game tied 2-2 in the sixth, Neal hits his second HR of the day to put the Dodgers ahead for the first time, 4-2. During a Sox uprising in the eighth against Larry Sherry, Al Smith doubles to left with two men on, however in the bonehead play of the series, Sherm Lollar is out by a mile at the plate trying to score, and the Dodgers still lead. It’s the turning point of the series, as Sherry closes the door in the ninth to wrap up a save and give the win to Podres.

     The three games in the Los Angeles Coliseum drew World Series record crowds that will never be equaled, with the fifth game packing in 92,706! It’s Dick Donovan vs. Don Drysdale in Game 3 and both pitchers throw goose eggs thru six, Donovan giving up only 1 hit! However, Donovan’s control deserts him in the 7th and with the bases loaded, Furillo bats against reliever Staley and singles in two runs to put the Dodgers in front. After Drysdale gives up a run in the 8th, Sherry comes in to relieve and shuts down the Sox as the Dodgers win, 3-1.

     Opening game pitchers Wynn and Craig face each other again in the fourth game, a 5-4 Dodger victory. Lollar’s homer caps a game-tying 8th inning for the Sox, but Gil Hodges blasts one only a few minutes later to give the Dodgers and reliever Larry Sherry the win.

     For the first time in series history, three pitchers combine for a shutout as White Sox starter Bob Shaw, Billy Pierce and Dick Donovan all stop the Dodgers 1-0 in game 5, which sends the series back to Chicago. The game’s only run scores in the fourth off starter Sandy Koufax, when Nellie Fox scores as Lollar hits into a double play.

     The victory in game 5 gives the Sox hope heading home to again play in a “real ballpark”, but the change in scenery is no help. Pitcher of the year Early Wynn, starting with only two days rest, goes against Podres, but after scoring two runs in the third off him, the Dodgers break open the game with six runs in the fourth for an 8-0 lead. Podres, however, is also knocked out in the 4th by Chicago’s last gasp, another towering home run by the Sox’ leading hitter in the series, Ted Kluszewski. In the 9th, Chuck Essegian sets a series record with his second pinch homer of the series, and the Dodgers capture the World Championship, 4 games to 2.


     As a bonus on this 1959 World Series DVD, we’ve added a 25-minute collection of Chicago White Sox B & W news footage from the heart of the “Go-Go” era, 1956-1960! All 13 games have narration to identify all players, and you’ll even hear Bill Veeck’s exploding scoreboard celebrate a Minnie Minoso home run against the hated New York Yankees! In fact, over half of the games are against the Yanks, and most of the rest are against the Cleveland Indians. Here’s what you’ll see:

April 17, 1956 – Opening Day at Comiskey Park, Billy Pierce vs. Bob Lemon. Sox beat Cleveland before 16,773. Jim Busby HR for Tribe. Managers Marty Marion and Al Lopez.

June 27, 1956 – Red Sox at Comiskey. Boston wins slugfest, 11-9. Chicago reliever Dixie Howell hits first ML homer! Third baseman Fred Hatfield also connects for Pale Hose!

May 5, 1957 – Red Hot White Sox are 11-2 so far in ’57 and over 41,000 pack in to see first Yankee invasion of the year! But Johnny Kucks twirls 3-0 three-hitter vs. Jack Harshman in this 2nd game as Yanks sweep doubleheader.

June 11, 1957 – The Sox are back in first place by five games when Yanks return, and huge crowd witnesses tremendous first inning Mickey Mantle HR to dead centerfield! Sox are in classic “Go-Go” mood, and big argument follows Minoso’s attempted steal of home! Despite Sox hustle, Yanks squeak by and win, 3-2.

Sunday, July 14, 1957 (2nd game DH) – Dick Donovan can’t hold 4-0 Sox 9th inning lead for DH sweep vs. Yanks and Whitey Ford. With Jim Wilson in relief, Bill Skowron pinch-hits a grand slam homer to bring Yanks 6-4 comeback win!

August 27, 1957 – Sox-killer Moose Skowron drives in three of the Yanks first 5 runs as Yanks beat Sox 12-6 in night game. Nellie Fox and Mickey Mantle shown in close-ups.

August 28, 1957 – After more than an hour rain delay the very next night, Don Larsen and Billy Pierce square off in front of almost 37,000. With Bob Turley in relief, Yanks again win tight game, 5-4, as Sammy Esposito strikes out with the bases loaded in the last of the ninth! Home Run, Earl Torgeson and close-ups of Skowron and Gil McDougald.

May 10, 1959 – Billy Pierce beats Jim Grant and Cleveland Indians 5-4 in front game of DH in 11 innings! Sox third baseman Bubba Phillips is the real hero of the game however, with a homer, plus game-winning hit in the last of the 11th, when never-say-die Sox come from behind after trailing in extra innings!

May 26, 1959 – One the same night Harvey Haddix is pitching his 12 perfect innings some 90 miles to the north, club owner Bill Veeck arranges for “Martians” to land before the game to entertain crowd of over 40,000! But Tribe lefthander Don Ferrarese drives in two runs with two doubles off Donovan and Indians spoil Sox festivities at Comiskey, with 3-0 whitewash!
April 28, 1960 – Al Smith has five straight hits going into this game and collects three more in 3-1 White Sox victory by Billy Pierce over Gary Bell and Indians at Comiskey Park. Pierce tosses 5-hitter. Close-ups of Smith, Nellie Fox and Woodie Held of Cleveland.

Sunday, June 19, 1960 (2nd game DH) – John Gabler vs. Russ Kemmerer. Yanks, with Ryne Duren in relief, beat Sox 5-3. Brand new Sox Left Field Picnic Area is shown! Minnie Minoso’s solo HR in the 5th sets off Veeck’s new exploding scoreboard!

June 22, 1960 – Just two nights later, Early Wynn beats young Jack Fisher and Orioles 3-1 in night game. Sox score all three runs in the third. Al Lopez argues as Nellie Fox is called out on controversial play.

August 8, 1960 – Three-run White Sox 5th inning is all Billy Pierce and Sox need to beat Whitey Ford and Bronx Bombers 9-1 at Comiskey park. Pierce throttles Yanks on only 4 hits, and strikes out old Sox nemesis Moose Skowron to end the ballgame! Close-ups of Minoso, Fox and first baseman Roy Sievers.

     To get your own copy of this White Sox vintage game footage, along with the 1959 World Series all on one DVD, send $29.95 + $4.00 shipping (Illinois residents must add $2.00 tax) to:

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