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A fine vintage

Forget your piquant pinots, your charismatic cabs and your vidal blancs with brio. They just found something really important in Bing Crosby's wine cellar.

To wit: A near-pristine film of the seventh game of the 1960 World Series -- the one Bill Mazeroski won for the Pittsburgh Pirates with a walk-off home run against the Evil Empire, aka the New York Yankees.

Turns out the Bingster was a diehard Pirates fan, back when the Pirates were, ahem, a major-league team. So he hired a film crew to shoot Game 7 for him.

The best part?

The reason he did this is because he couldn't bring himself to watch it live. In fact, he couldn't even bring himself to be in the country at the time -- fearing a "jinx," Crosby flew to Paris before Game 7.

You've got to admire neurosis like that. That's what you call a true fan.

Ben Smith's blog.