David B. Wilkerson has written a nice article at MarketWatch about missing television broadcasts of baseball games.
The recent discovery of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series has, not surprisingly, brought a lot of attention to the topic. According to the article, the earliest existing complete broadcast is Game 6 of the 1952 World Series, which has been shown on the MLB Network, as have many other games from the 1950s and 1960s. Kinescopes of games created for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service decades ago may still be floating around; the article states that a 1956 World Series game was obtained by a collector from a film collector who in turn got it from a man who served in Hawaii.
Here’s a list of the most wanted baseball games, compiled by Nick Trotta, senior library and licensing manager for MLB Productions:
- Oct. 3, 1951 – NL Playoff, Game 3: Brooklyn Dodgers at New York Giants
- Oct. 16, 1962 – World Series Game 7: New York Yankees at San Francisco Giants
- July 2, 1963 – Milwaukee Braves at San Francisco Giants
- Oct. 4, 1955 – World Series Game 7: Brooklyn Dodgers at New York Yankees
- Oct. 15, 1964 – World Series Game 7: New York Yankees at St. Louis Cardinals
- May 30, 1966 – Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves
- July 4, 1966 – Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians
- Sept. 5, 1966 – San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
The article also briefly discusses missing football games. No complete broadcasts exist prior to 1967; that year’s Super Bowl I is the holy grail. Also missing are Super Bowls IV (1970), V (1971), VI (1972) and XII (1978). Read the complete article for more detail.
(Found via rec.arts.tv)