July 12, 2007

A BIG DEAL:

Derby on DVD - An Interview with Harmon Killebrew (Chris Yandek, Chicago Sports Review)

Before the reality TV era of today, there was Home Run Derby. The 1959 show pitted two of the best hitters in baseball against each other in a nine-inning home run contest for cash prizes. Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, who is considered by many to be one of the best hitters ever in baseball, took the time to speak with Chris Yandek, of thesportsinterview.com, about the TV series coming to DVD and his own MLB career. [...]

CY: What do you remember about the TV show almost 50 years later?

HK: Not many of us were use to being on television in those days. I think the short answers we gave in between innings is something I will always remember. After our time was up, three outs, we would walk back and visit with Mark Scott who was the announcer. He would ask short questions and we gave very short answers to those questions. I think the people that get this new DVD will enjoy watching it. I know I am enjoying watching this first release of this volume coinciding with the All Star Game. The second one will be out in August and the third one in September.

CY: Home Run Derby was in a way reality TV before the competition shows of today like Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, Survivor, where you had two big baseball players in front of a TV audience. You have no clue what's going to happen and in return they get cash prizes which weren't really huge by today's standards.

HK: It was big in those days. A lot of us thought it was very huge. You got 2000 to win, 1000 if you lost. If you hit three home runs in a row you got an extra $500. It was a big deal.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 12, 2007 12:41 PM
Comments

My wife has consented to put this in the Nexflix queue in exchange for a season of Sex and the City. I hope it's worth it (for me).

Posted by: Rick T. at July 12, 2007 1:44 PM

Nothing is worth that drivel...

Posted by: oj at July 12, 2007 3:56 PM

"like Dancing with the Stars"

Here's the original dancing with the stars

Posted by: h-man at July 12, 2007 6:49 PM
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