The color home movies taken by a vacationer during Game 5 of the 1956 World Series are still available after the owners couldn’t reach a deal with Major League Baseball.
It is 6 1/2 minutes long. Long-lost that is. Color images of the most famous pitching performance in World Series history, taken by a spectator surfaced in the stash of an 82 year-old Florida man recently.
The "Zapruder film" of Don Larsen’s perfect game provides perhaps the only color moving images of that historic day. The news of it’s existence caught the eye of Major League baseball, which hoped to purchase the film from the family of Saul Terry.
However, Terry’s son-in-law, Michael Abramowitz informed SportsCollectorsDaily.com Tuesday night that no deal had been reached.
"While we negotiated with MLB for a couple of weeks and came close to making a deal, my family decided not to make an agreement at this time," Abramowitz wrote in an e-mail. "It is still for sale and open for bids for either an outright sale or licensing agreement."
Abramowitz says the footage consists of 6 1/2 minutes of film shot from the right field seats occupied by Terry and his wife. "It includes defensive plays in the outfield by Mickey Mantle and the Dodgers’ Duke Snider as well as Billy Martin’s backpedaling catch where he nearly collides with Hank Bauer, shots of fans running onto the field, shots of the Yankees bullpen warming up at the top of the 9th and shots of Yankee Stadium before and after the game."
Also included are portions of the first inning, which was missing from the nearly-complete black and white television broadcast reels in the possession of Rare Sports Films of Naperville, Illinois.