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“This Week in Baseball” from 1977 is … glorious

Mar 29, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

Major League Baseball just announced that MLB Productions Film and Production archives — and new videos too — are going up on iTunes. Included in the archives: the first season of “This Week in Baseball” from 1977.

To celebrate it, MLB has put the opening sequence of TWiB from 1977 online. And it’s … glorious.

Takeaways: how skinny Eddie Murray was. How much foul territory there was in a lot of those old parks. How crappy the groundskeeping was then compared to now. It’s a different game in so many ways today yet, because everything in baseball changes incrementally rather than quickly, that we rarely notice these changes as they’re happening.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Howard. Oh, Howard. Sniff.

    Can we please see the Wide World of Sports episode where he covered the assassination of General Vargas?

    • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Wait a minute – that was Mel Allen! Duh-h-h-h. Shitty thumbnail. Sound quality sucks, too. Not my fault.

      Nice peectures, though.

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Ah, okay. Time to try and distract your attention from a cockup of Brobdingnagian proportions. I give you Wide World of Sports from 1971, also glorious:

      • sabatimus - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Definitely Mel Allen!

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Yeah, yeah….

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        OMG Old Gator, count the gunshots! There has to have been a second gunman in el presidente’s assassination. This is huge!

      • jayquintana - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        According to Woody Allen, Howard Cosell improvised the whole scene.

  2. billybawl - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Even better, you can buy a DVD of the entire 1977 season of TWIB on Amazon for $9.99. Best $10 I’ve spent in a long time.

    • stichey - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      PURCHASED!!! Thanks so much for the tip, Billy!

      • stichey - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        Now if only you could get Johnny Bench and The Baseball Bunch on DVD…

  3. kjericho43 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Best theme song. Ever.

  4. historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Those unis make me itch looking at ‘em.

  5. hushbrother - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    1977:

    Butch Hobson and Mitchell Page – Future Superstars!

    George Foster – Hall of Fame bound!

    Jim Rice – Strikes fear into opposing pitchers!

    Vern Rapp – Emerging baseball mind!

  6. yahmule - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    This brings back fond memories of watching this show with my dad when I was 13 years old.

    “Juan Beniquez goes upside down for one!”

  7. schmedley69 - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Clutch performances …. Michael Jack Schmidt!

    God, I miss Saturdays when I was a kid. Cartoons all morning, followed by the Baseball Bunch, This Week in Baseball and the NBC Game of the Week (sometimes a doubleheader). There was no need to leave the couch.

  8. natisportsnut - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Now all we need is for them is to bring back The Baseball Bunch

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