The series went a full seven games. In the seventh game, at the bottom of the 9th inning, with a count of one ball and no strikes, Bill Mazeroski, the Pirates’ second baseman, smashed a drive over the left field wall, ending the game and crowning the Pirates as World Champions. Mazeroski became the first player to hit a game winning home run in the seventh game, to win a World Series.
Fast forward 33 years later, when Canadian fans will remember Joe Carter would becoming the only other player to end the World Series with a home run, doing so for the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1993 World Series.
No known recording of the entire Game 7 was known to exist, until the discovery of a recording of the telecast of Game 7 was discovered in a wine cellar in Bing Crosby’s home in Hillsborough, California in late 2009.
Crosby was a part-owner of the Pirates, and was apparently too superstitious to watch the game live. He arranged for a company to record the game (no doubt an expensive venture at the time), and chose to listen to the game on shortwave radio from Paris, where he was vacationing. The recording was eventually found by Robert Bader, vice president of marketing and production for Bing Crosby Enterprises.
Game 7 has since been transferred to DVD, and is now available for purchase from Amazon.com, among other retailers.