|Bud Palmer and Mike Peppe
The idea of establishing a special fund to preserve ISHOF’s film library was the idea of Michigan great Frank Legacki, after a recent visit ISHOF. Of particular interest to Frank was the film of the 1961 Men’s AAU National Championship. Held at Yale University’s Payne Whitney Exhibition Pool, it was considered at the time to be the greatest swimming meet in history. Narrated by Bud Palmer and Ohio State’s Mike Peppe, and broadcast on CBS’ Sunday Sports Spectacular, the meet saw world records smashed in 12 of the 14 events. As a participant in that event, Frank felt it would be worth while to make a donation to help preserve this and other historic films.
Long in ISHOF’s film library, the complete broadcast of the 1961 AAU National Champoinships is now available on DVD, along with these other recently digitized films: highlights of the men’s AAU Championships of 1962 from Bartletsville and the 1965 women’s championship from Commerce have also been converted, along with the 1965 Western Conference NCAA Championships from Northwestern and a short film from 1938 called “The Deep End.”
To see a preview of the 1961 Championships and subscribe to ISHOF’s Youtube Channel click on this link
Call or email Bruce Wigo to find out how to get a copy.