April 04, 2008

Mike Wallace interviews Bob Feller: It's August 4, 1957, and Mike Wallace, the host of The Mike Wallace Interview, is interviewing Bob Feller in an effort to go after "the controversial story of conflict between players and team owners in major league baseball."

posted by spira to baseball at 09:24 PM - 4 comments

After watching the interview I have a strange craving for a Phillip Morris cigarette. Fascinating stuff. Thank you so much for posting it, spira.

posted by tommybiden at 11:11 PM on April 04, 2008

sounds like bob feller was a man ahead of his time. he addressed many of the issues that have changed in baseball in the years since his interview. i also find it interesting to see how much the roll of the head of the players union has changed in the 50 years since the interview.

posted by shaggyhooch at 12:59 PM on April 05, 2008

Bob Feller seems to have been proven prescient all the way across the board here, but what I find most interesting is Mike Wallace's attitude during the interview. He seems awfully confrontational from today's viewpoint, openly apologetic to the ownership and unwilling to cut Feller a break on any of his opinions. Whether he was adopting that standpoint as a pose to draw Feller out, or whether that was the prevailing attitude of the day, I'd be curious. (I suspect it's more the latter than the former, but I'd be curious to know by how much.) And with all that smoking, I wonder how Mike Wallace has managed to live as long as he has.

posted by chicobangs at 05:36 PM on April 06, 2008

That was really interesting. "no filter, no foolin'!" Over 50 years ago and the topics were so not outdated. And, yeah, Mike Wallace came across as kind of a dick.

posted by tselson at 09:41 PM on April 06, 2008

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