The MLB Network has done a great job as of late. It’s pretty much my favorite channel, but the one thing that has always completely flummoxed me is that Major League Baseball has this vast video archive but they never air anything from it.
Until recently. Over the past month or so MLB Network has kept baseball on TV by digging into the vast archive mentioned and, finally, sharing some of it with the rest of us. Hopefully in the future the network sticks with this new motif, and continues doing it.
Major League Baseball has also uploaded many of the games, both the games aired on MLB Network and the others that haven’t seen the light of day since airing live on some local TV station, to their YouTube channel; so of course I’m going to share them with you as well.
Check out this gem: 1952 World Series, Game 7: Yankees @ Dodgers
Spoiler Alert: Synopsis of the game
Gene Woodling and Mickey Mantle smashed a few homers, and Billy Martin made a game-saving grab of an infield popup gone awry, as the Yankees recovered from a three game to two deficit to win their fourth of five straight World Series, in seven games over the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Mantle’s homer in the sixth gave the Yankees the lead for good, and an insurance run in the seventh made it 4-2. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the inning, Jackie Robinson hit a high pop up that Yankees first baseman Joe Collins appeared to lose it in the sun. But Martin charged in from second base to snatch the ball at his shoe tops to end the inning and snuff out the Dodgers’ last threat as the Yankees secured the championship.
What an exciting game! Enjoy…