Rare TV Baseball Interviews On DVD

All interviews were recorded in 1994 at California State University, Hayward, for the show Sports From The Top Of The Hill, produced and hosted by Ralph Zig Tyko, sponsored by the Major League Baseball Alumni Association Magazine, “Diamond.” Scroll down to the bottom of the page to learn how to own a copy of each of these rare interviews.

Leonard Koppett TV Interview DVD
Hall of Fame, NY Times


This interview with Hall Of Fame sportswriter Leonard Koppett includes topics such as the New York Yankees dynasty, Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, early New York Mets, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Michael Jordan playing baseball, and managers such as Casey Stengel, Gil Hodges, and Alvin Dark. The late Leonard Koppett was a member of the Baseball & Basketball Halls of Fame.

Total running time: 1 hour 2 minutes

Charlie Fox, Hank Sauer TV Interview DVD
SF Giants, Chicago Cubs

Interview with Charlie Fox and Show #9 starring Hank Sauer. Sadly both of these baseball legends have passed away, making these interviews even more special. You will enjoy these rare glimpses into two men who had over 95 years of combined baseball experience.


Charlie Fox not only played under New York Giants manager John McGraw, but also managed the San Francisco Giants.

This is a fascinating interview in which Fox discusses Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Dave Kingman, “Dirty Al Galagher, Chris Speier, the San Francisco Giants winning the N.L. West in 1971 [The Year Of The Fox, as it came to be known in the SF Bay Area], and his 50 year career in major league baseball.


Hank Sauer was the MVP of the National League while playing for the Chicago Cubs in 1952. Hank was a two time All-Star, and 15 year veteran who played for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs [he was called The Mayor of Wrigley Field], St.Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, and San Francisco Giants. Sauer was a member of the last New York Giants team in 1957. Topics include life as a ballplayer during “The Golden Age Of Baseball,” playing with Willie Mays, and rooming with Stan *The* Man Musial.

Also included is a fun look back at New York baseball in the 1950s and the baseball cards of that era.

Total running time: 1 hour 21 minutes

Joe DeMaestri, Charlie Silvera TV Interview DVD
NY Yankees


Joe DeMaestri, a former American League All-Star and the last shortstop to play for the Philadelphia A’s, was traded to the Yankees along with Roger Maris [for Hank Bauer and Norm Siebern]. Joe played for arguably the best team ever, the 1961 Yankees. Topics include Nellie Fox, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Maris, the glory days of the Bronx Bombers, playing for Bill Veeck and Rogers Hornsby.


Charlie Silvera was a valuable member of the Yankees, the last great dynasty (5 consecutive championships). Charlie has spent more than 60 years in baseball, as a player, a coach (often under Billy Martin), a minor league manager, and a scout. Topics include life as a Yankee in the ’40s and ’50s, great insights on Billy Martin with the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Oakland A’s, and, of course, the New York Yankees. A fascinating interview with Yogi Berra’s long time back-up.

Also included is a fun look back at New York baseball in the 1950s, and the baseball cards of that era.

Total running time: 1 hour 12 minutes

Get copies of these rare interviews for your library

Want copies? The DVDs are gifts with your donations to People Care 4 Day Care, Inc. (Click on the link, scroll to the bottom of the page to donate by credit or debit card, electronic check, or bank transfer through Paypal, and to select the DVDs of your choice or the complete set).




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    […] [from The Man In The Dugout, Koppett] […]

  2. Richard Chilton said,

    Where can I purchase some of these DVDs. Richard Chilton

    • Ralph Zig Tyko said,

      Just click here, Richard:

    • dolores ferris lintz said,

      Here you are again!…Father Cecil….stepmother June????

  3. Losing Less, The 1962 New York Mets Way « Pushing on the Doors of Life Marked “Pull” said,

    […] favorite story about that year is the one the late Leonard Koppett, the two-sport [baseball and basketball] Hall of Fame writer, loved telling. The phone rang in the […]

  4. Pete Trunk said,

    There is no way I can proove this, but Charlie Fox has been credited with being the first manager to make a “double-switch” in his lineup.

  5. Ralph Zig Tyko said,

    I’ll try to verify that info, Pete. Thanks, friend.
    Aside, I remember the interview with fellow New Yawka Charlie Fox, as if it were yesterday. What a thrill it was for me!! He was a fine, honest, gregarious man… a good old fashioned baseball “lifer.” We both had fun that day.

  6. David said,

    i still have my 45 record by KSFO..The Year of the Fox(1972)

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