Monday, April 22, 2013

Saturtainment: The Way It Was (1974)

From Sports Challenge producer Gerry Gross comes a discussion series looking back at classic sporting events. The trick was, The Way it Was aired on PBS instead of in syndication, as Challenge did. In more recent times, Disney acquired both series to air on ESPN Classic.

Way added to a busy workload for sportscasting icon Curt Gowdy when it launched in 1974. In addition to his regular duties calling baseball and NFL football for NBC, Gowdy was the host of a winter-spring ABC series, The American Sportsman, for much of its original run. On Way, Gowdy brought together players & coaches who participated in some of sports' greatest games or events, such as the 1962 NBA Finals between ancient rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers & Boston Celtics (and, yes, those two teams were often also represented on Challenge). Nonplayerzealot4 takes us back in time........

As you can tell, the show open was edited off this tape. Oh, well.

Rating: A.

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