Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.

Farewell, Tony Kubek, Ralph Kiner, Marilyn Dykstra, etc.

(Credit: Watchdog)

Well, friends, it was great fun while it lasted, but at least we'll always have that one, glorious late-March week in which our dusty, baby boomer memory banks were jump-started back to life.

Say it ain't so, Bud!

MLB and YouTube have nixed the trove of TV baseball video that loyal reader/commenter John Philips has been posting since last week.

I will give MLB a call to follow up on some of the issues John raised in his announcement of the sad news, but I'm assuming it won't change the bottom line.

No more George Kell, Curt Gowdy, Joe Feliciano, Ed Kranepool, Lindsey Nelson, etc., etc.

Click below to read John's official word.Well, to quote Mick Jagger and Keith Richards "It's all over now." I have just received this notification from You Tube:

This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by MLB Advanced Media claiming that this material is infringing on their copyright.

My interpretation of the law differs from MLB's but I don't have an army of litigators at my disposal to dispute their claims. Plus I like my house and don't wish Bud Selig and company to place a lien against it and / or my pension. I guess it's a lot easier for them to push me around than the Player's Union.

Thank you to the dozens of you that thanked me for posting these videos. I was truly astounded at the feedback I received. It was fun sharing these with people that truly appreciated them. In a perfect world, not only would Major League Baseball have saved more of this material, it would also make it more available to the fans that want to view it. But no, MLB couldn't have been bothered to save the videotapes of many of these games or protect the ones they did save from deterioration. Nor can their Baseball's Best website be bothered to post any thing more than a tiny fraction of the materials they do have.

So now my video collection goes back into hiding (from my wife, not MLB - she thinks I'm insane and would love to shred my DVD's if given the chance) and I return to anonymity. To all of you on Kranepool Forum and the other sites that linked my videos, thank you.

And to Neil, thank you for the opportunity to demonstrate to my wife that I am not the only "lunatic" who's interested in watching a videotape of a game "that you already know the outcome of."

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