Many who were aboard or missed New York Sports Tours’ first live virtual tour experience have requested video from the emotional evening. Those wishes are now being fulfilled in the form of a nearly 34-minute original video recording that can be viewed on demand here for $1 through mid-August and $5 thereafter.
Among the participants in the June 25, 2020, event was 88-year-old Larry Cutler. Joining the Cisco Webex video conference live from his son’s home in Colorado, Cutler watched for the first time his speech that introduced a dying Babe Ruth on Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium in 1947.
The production is of the second half of the live virtual outing, the part that focuses on Babe Ruth Day. The segment opens with the real-time narration by New York Sports Tours president Kevin O’Keefe and marks the first time New York Sports Tours is showing one of its tour experiences to those not aboard.
Praised by Sports Illustrated for “exclusive videos, timeless stories from Babe Ruth Day in 1947 brought to life,” the event featured the debut of a film reel discovered by New York Sports Tours that shows Cutler’s and Ruth’s full speeches.
The experience showcased other rare content, and a question-and-answer session with Cutler and Neil Amdur, moderated by New York Sports Tours founder Jordan Sprechman. Amdur, the sports editor of The New York Times for a dozen years, had first visited Yankee Stadium for the 1947 Babe Ruth Day event.
Amdur and several others who viewed the virtual experience live had been guests on New York Sports Tours’ celebrated New York sports history tour. That outing aboard a luxury minibus was paused in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bruce Fischler, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, resident, was a guest at both tour experiences. He proclaimed of the virtual event, “I was overwhelmed with emotion. Each and every moment brought back incredible memories and feelings that are truly beyond words.”
Mike Whiteman, a writer for the Yankees blog Start Spreading the News, reported of the Babe Ruth Day part of the experience, “Cutler spoke of the day, of the Babe, and of his minor league career. What a treasure it was to have this account from one who was part of it… I was expecting the evening to be done well and it definitely was… In addition to the insight on the Babe and the vintage media, the tour’s leaders were well informed, detailed and very friendly.”