Sports Challenge

(ended 1979)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 1

    Sports Challenge

    Aired 1/1/08

  • S 1 : Ep 22

    N.Y. Football Giants vs. Los Angeles Rams

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 21

    N.Y. Football Giants vs. Chicago Blackhawks

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 20

    NBA Hall of Famers vs. N.Y. Football Giants

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 19

    NBA Hall of Famers vs. N.Y. Yankees' World Series Heroes

    Aired

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dick Enberg

    Host

  • Johnny Gilbert

    Announcer

  • Chuck Benedict

    Play-by-Play Replicator

  • Jerry West

    Himself

  • Mickey Mantle

    Himself

  • show Description
  • From 1971 to 1979, Sports Challenge ran as good a sports trivia show as television ever saw. Two teams of celebrity panelists, usually from conflicting sports (but not always), competed for sports athletic equipment donated to youth organizations suggested by viewers. The five-round game show always concluded with the "Bonus Biography" Round, where a silhouette was paired with a succession of clues. During 1973, Sports Challenge enjoyed its most successful period, broadcasting nationwide on CBS for the first time. Most other seasons were on syndicated television. ESPN Classic regularly aired reruns of Sports Challenge from 1998 to 2003. Today the network will only bring episodes back as part of marathons devoted to individual athletes. For example, the image seen here is taken from the show ESPN Classic dug up in December 2003 as part of an Otto Graham tribute. (It also marked the closest finish in the history of any Sports Challenge game.)moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • The final film clip, featuring the last out of the 1964 World Series, ends with Dick Enberg's voice of foresight: "And while the Cardinals celebrate, it's farewell to the dynasty started by Ruth, Gehrig, and Lazzeri; maintained by DiMaggio, Gomez, and Dickey; and continued by Mantle and Berra. Forty-four years of Yankee domination ends."

    Notes (5)

    • Totally unfair: During an extra-point round Joe DiMaggio is asked who took a home run away from him in Game 6 of the 1947 World Series.

    • Alvin Dark's days as Indians manager were numbered. Late in the 1971 season, Cleveland fired Dark and brought in John Lipon to govern the final 59 games.

    • Neither the contemporary Reds nor their scheduled opponents, the New York football Giants, appeared in this show because of scheduling conflicts.

    • The Senators would play their last game at RFK Stadium in Washington the following September 30. By then, it was clear the team would move to Texas for 1972 (becoming the Rangers). Washington would spend the next 33 years devoid of Major League Baseball.

    • Former Cy Young winner Denny McLain is totally silent in this program. The Detriot Tigers had traded Denny McLain to Washington after a bitter 1970, in which McLain was only allowed to work for about two months.

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