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Old WGN Cub broadcasts

With all the TV shows from 30 and 40 years ago now becoming available on DVD, I'm wondering why WGN doesn't do the same thing with old Cub broadcasts. I know I'd be a buyer. Imagine some of the great games they must have in their library, hidden away for so many years.

Games I'd like to own:

The 23-22 loss to the Phillies in 1979, the 10-9 miracle comeback win against the Astros in 1989, the Kerry Wood 20-strikeout game, the no-hitters thrown by Ken Holtzman and Milt Pappas, the 16-15 win over the Reds that I remember so well from 1977, some of the great pitching duels between Fergie Jenkins and Bob Gibson. Even the 21-inning loss to the Dodgers in 1982 (which I was at). What a thrill it would be to see Lee Elia go face-to-face with Eric Gregg again - the highlight of that long game.

I'd include the "Sandberg game" from 1984, but that was a national telecast, not WGN.

Imagine if one could buy these broadcasts, including commercials, pre-game and post-game, on DVD. There'd be a mad rush to the stores from people like us excited to hear Jack Brickhouse, Harry Caray, Lou Boudreau, Steve Stone and even Milo Hamilton again. And it would be a treat to see those "Murph's 76" and "Lowenbrau" beer ads for the first time in years. Or how about Pat Sumerall advertising for True Value Hardware?

Does WGN still have these games tucked away in its vault? I suppose it's not likely that it has every game of the thousands it's aired, but I know WGN kept at least a few selected broadcasts. During the winter of 1979/80, for example, I remember very well that WGN re-broadcast the 23-22 game from the previous May. A game that infamous is almost certainly still around, but some of the other games I mentioned may have disappeared.

Is there anyone else out there who agrees with me? How could we petition WGN to release whatever broadcasts it still has? And which other game broadcasts would you want to see again?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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