NEW YORK YANKEES
"The Yankees At Bat"
"Pitching For The Yankees"
"Infield Play The Yankee Way"
Yankee Fans! All three original 1964 New York Yankee films titled "The Yankees At Bat", "Pitching For The Yankees" and "Infield Play The Yankee Way" have recently been restored by Rare Sportsfilms, Inc. and are now available on DVD for the first time ever! The last Yankee ballclub of the Mickey Mantle era to win a pennant is shown in beautiful Kodachrome, working out at Ft. Lauderdale Stadium in spring training and playing in Yankee Stadium. Throughout all three films the ballplayers themselves do 100% of the talking. Many refer to their admiration for their great superstar Mickey Mantle, giving insights into his value to the ballclub and stories of their interaction with him as a teammate during their time with the Yankees. Much of the player dialog is about their own thoughts on playing their individual positions and all are shown demonstrating their skills. Each of the starting players is featured, along with new manager Yogi Berra and others on the 1964 ballclub. Players you will hear on these films are Berra, Tom Tresh, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Elston Howard, Whitey Ford, Ralph Terry, Stan Williams, Al Downing, Bobby Richardson, Tony Kubek, Joe Pepitone and Clete Boyer. Throughout the films you'll spot other Yankees as well, including Hector Lopez, Phil Linz, John Blanchard, Pedro Gonzalez, Steve Hamilton, Pete Mikkelsen, Jim Hegan, Frank Crosetti, and Joe DiMaggio.
"The Yankees At Bat" features Yogi Berra, Mantle (tells why his swing is not a perfect swing, what he does to get out of a slump and the real reason hitters are now switching to lighter bats), Maris (the key to a good season of hitting and why he does not get many walks), Howard (what he has done to become a better hitter, and why he uses the heaviest bat on the Yankee ballclub). Switch hitter Tresh is shown batting against "iron mike" as he tells what he's trying to do to improve his hitting. The personality of each player comes through as he talks about batting against big league pitching and playing for the Yankees during the season.
"Pitching For The Yankees" begins with nice scenes of Yankee Stadium during the presentation ceremony at which the '63 American League Champions receive their rings from league president Joe Cronin and Yankee owner Del Webb at home plate. Shown receiving are Berra, Howard, Pepitone, Maris and Mantle. Featured in this film are Whitey Ford (importance of pitchers polishing skills such as bunting and baserunning, as well as their pitching), Stan Williams (minor league vs major league pitching styles and the pitches Stan throws, how and why), Ralph Terry (importance of keeping batters off stride and that the fast ball is the key to the success of all other pitches). Perhaps most interesting of all is young Al Downing's thoughts on the centerfield monuments, putting on the Yankee uniform, why Yankee Stadium is the best ballpark in the American League, what Mickey Mantle is really like as a teammate, how he inspires his fellow players (plus an example citing Mick's return after an injury), as well as what Al asks and tells fans who say they don't like the Yankees.
"Infield Play The Yankee Way" leads off with Bobby Richardson telling how the Yankees helped him polish his second base skills when he first came to the Yankees, showing the over-all class of the organization. Bobby then demonstrates good second base play. Other infielders Tony Kubek, Joe Pepitone and Clete Boyer talk about and demonstrate position play mostly in Yankee Stadium during actual league games. Kubek explains how he and Richardson coordinate on the field to play situational baseball. Young Joe Pepitone talks about fielding bunts, infield signals, what he thinks is the toughest play for a left handed first baseman and why Clete Boyer is the best third baseman in the American League. Using Mickey Mantle as an example, Clete sums up his thoughts on being a Yankee by telling what makes the Yankees champions.
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