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A Baseball Journal by Jay Jaffe I'm a baseball fan living in New York City. In between long tirades about the New York Yankees and the national pastime in general, I'm a graphic designer.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

 

Spirit of '77, Part II: Very Serious

Alex Belth's follow-up to my initial entry in our discussion of the seven-disc New York Yankees 1977 World Series Collectors Edition is up at Bronx Banter. In it, he discusses the '77 ALCS between the Yanks and Royals at length. Here's the start:
Yo Jay,

Dude, one of the main reasons why I loved football so much as an early teenager is because that was also the time I first really started getting into movies, and NFL Films had an enormous impact on me. The way they visually presented the game, the melding of movies and sport, defined the sport for me. It had a reverence for the sport and mocking sense of humor too. We didn't have to just read about Jim Brown or Gayle Sayers, we could see. But we can't see Sandy Koufax or Willie Mays in the same way because Major League Baseball has never had anything close to NFL Films. Part of this is understandable because baseball has such a long season with so many games. You'd go broke if you filmed all of it waiting for a great moment to go down. I understand why it hasn't happened, but that doesn't mean that it couldn't of have, to some extent. The other part is that baseball has simply never been blessed with a creative partner like the Sabols....
Ah, NFL Films, how I love thee; far more than football itself, actually. Anyway, be sure to read the rest of Alex's entry. I'll be back with my next installment sometime in the coming week.

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