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How a ball-busting Cuban cameraman charmed the Bronx Bombers for forty years and built a legacy as big as Babe’s.
As a cameraman for WPIX-TV for nearly forty years, Duilio Costabile charmed players, co-workers and fans alike with his outsize personality and energetic sense of humor. As a freelance cameraman, for several years I was part of the crew that worked Yankees games alongside Duilio. Like many others, I loved “the old man” and decided to put together this behind-the-scenes look as a tribute to his legacy.
Growing up in Washington Heights in the 1970s, my dad and my brothers would cross the Macombs Dam Bridge to see the Yankees play. Little did I know that I would someday be shooting theses games in the House that Ruth Built. The old stadium had history—“tradition” was what Duilio would call it. I was always amazed at Duilio’s energy level, no matter what time of day, and I loved and miss his sense of humor. Although almost ten years had passed since I shot the footage by the time I began editing, I always had it running in my mind. I haven’t been to the new stadium but someone sent me a picture right after it opened that showed a young dark-haired Duilio next to a young Phil Rizzuto, hanging on a wall in the new stadium. Tradition.
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