Rare Sports Films


Shea Stadium, New York
Opening Day, April 15, 1972

Another rare broadcast treasure is now available on DVD to baseball fans everywhere – only from Rare Sportsfilms, Inc! The pre-game and first 2 ½ innings of the original NBC TV broadcast of the Opening Day April 15 game at Shea Stadium, are now available for the first time ever on this new 44-minute B&W DVD made directly from the original kinescope! Announcers Jim Simpson and Sandy Koufax call the action, and this DVD also shows the pre-game ceremony honoring the late Mets manager Gil Hodges. The opposing pitchers are Doc Ellis of the World Champion Pirates, and Met ace Tom Seaver. Yogi Berra is managing his first National League game and Bill Virdon is appearing in his first game as a major league manager. No one knew it at the time of course, but this would be Roberto Clemente’s last opening day. Newly acquired Jim Fregosi and Rusty Staub come to bat for the first time as New York Mets!

Even partial-game TV broadcasts from before the days of home VCRs (1975) are very rare. This is the oldest segment of any regular season TV broadcast involving either team known to exist, and now you can go back a generation in time and watch the action unfold once again at old Shea Stadium, New York!

  1 2 3   R H E   Final
Pirates 0 0 0   0 5 0   0
Mets 0 2     4 7 0   4
# 6 Rennie Stennett, 2B
16 Al Oliver, CF
21 Roberto Clemente, RF
8 Willie Stargell, LF
3 Richie Hebner, 3B
35 Manny Sanguillen, C
7 Bob Robertson, 1B
2 Jackie Hernandez, SS
17 Doc Ellis, RHP
41 Bill Virdon, Mgr
43 Don Leppert, 1B Coach
44 Frank Oceak, 3B Coach
# 3 Bud Harrelson, SS
12 Ken Boswell, 2B
20 Tommie Agee, CF
4 Rusty Staub, RF
21 Cleon Jones, LF
2 Jim Fregosi, 3B
7 Ed Kranepool, 1B
15 Jerry Grote, C
41 Tom Seaver, RHR
8 Yogi Berra, Manager
55 Sherry Robertson, 1B Ch
53 Eddie Yost, 3B Coach
To order this DVD of the Opening Day 1972 Mets vs Pirates game, send $29.95 + $4.00 for FIRST CLASS shipping and handling to: (Illinois residents must add $2.00 state sales tax)

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