— Bob Costas to Voice Special Segment About Game with Rarely Seen Footage —
MLB Network will air a special feature on the 50th anniversary of Roy Campanella Night within MLB Tonight on Monday, May 11. The event, an exhibition game held on May 7, 1959 between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers, raised money to pay for Campanella’s medical bills after a car accident in January 1958 cut short his career as a catcher for the Dodgers and left him paralyzed from the waist down. Over 93,000 fans filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum that night, setting a record for the largest crowd to attend a Major League Baseball game that stood until 2007. An unprecedented event, the Yankees flew across the country to play in a one-game exhibition game, during the regular season. The Dodgers pitcher that night was Sandy Koufax.
Narrated by MLB Network’s Bob Costas, the piece includes rarely-seen footage from that night, including Vin Scully’s call of the game and his post-game audio interview with Campanella. Included throughout are original interviews with Campanella’s daughter Joni Roan, former Dodgers first baseman Wes Parker, who attended the game as a teenager, Campanella’s former teammate Tommy Lasorda, and Carl Erskine, who pitched that night.
“As the 24/7 home for baseball, we feel it’s our responsibility to expose today’s baseball fans to these important moments in the game’s history,” said Tony Petitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of MLB Network. “This is the kind of content that our viewers are expecting from us, and we’re happy to deliver through MLB Tonight and our other programming.”
The piece will first air between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. ET and repeat throughout the night on MLB Tonight and Quick Pitch.