Woodie's World

ESPN Classic (ended 2005)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 10

    Spring Training

    Aired 1/6/05

  • S 3 : Ep 9

    The Sweet Science

    Aired 12/16/04

  • S 3 : Ep 8

    Founding Fathers

    Aired 12/2/04

  • S 3 : Ep 7

    Knicks-Lakers

    Aired 11/25/04

  • S 3 : Ep 6

    It's Entertainment

    Aired 11/18/04

  • Cast & Crew
  • Heywood Hale Broun

    Reporter

  • Bud Lamoreaux

    Narrator

  • Burt Reynolds

    Himself

  • Joe Namath

    Himself

  • Alex Karras

    Himself

  • show Description
  • Welcome to Woodie's World. "Woodie" is short for Heywood Hale Broun, esteemed sports columnist of the 1940s and 1950s. The late Broun spent 19 years televising the significant sports stories on CBS News. Bud Lamoreaux, Heywood's producer, has assembled an overwhelming set of Broun segments from 1966 to 1975 for this ESPN Classic series.

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • "Yet the Pirates, in their bright new bowl, still manage that boiling bouillabaisse, flavorful but indescribable, which is uniquely their contribution to baseball."

    • Here's how Heywood Hale Broun described Three Rivers Stadium when it first opened: "Only a giant redwood helped by a hilltop, could peer over these serried ranks of seats, and grass is now just something which a player mows in his suburban home."

    • Quaker-founded Philadelphia is known as the City of Brotherly Love, a name which Joe Kuharich finds hard to credit, as he operates in an atmosphere that makes a pool of piranhas look like a bubble bath. –Heywood Hale Broun Franklin Field, Philadelphia, December 8, 1968

    • Listen carefully to the close of Woodie's voiceover in the Lakers' piece. "The climax, though not the end of the NBA playoffs this year, seems inevitably the Los Angeles Lakers against [voice-over changes] the New York Knickerbockers."

    Notes (5)

    • Woodie's World promises to provide a follow-up story about J.R. Richard, but such a sequel has not surfaced yet.

    • Unlike other programs in the first season, this Woodie's World program ends with brief cuts of the sequences used in that episode. It will be the device to end all programs after the second season begins.

    • This program ends with a tease suggesting that the next program will feature a 1971 piece on Boston Bruin Derek Sanderson. As things turned out, that would not be the case. He will not be featured in the upcoming episode called "Boston Hockey."

    • This show was originally scheduled to air January 8, 2004. Unfortunately for Woodie's ghost, all the ABC Networks wiped themselves out January 8-9 on the Pete Rose admission.

    • This program debuted as part of ESPN Classic's week-long bloodbath of programming devoted to the Yankees vs. the Red Sox. Both began the 2004 American League Championship Series two days earlier.

    Trivia (1)

    • This was the first Woodie's World episode sent to Media Aceess Group at WGBH for closed-captioning, and it did run into syntax and spelling errors: —"State or teams" instead of "staider teams" —Silent E left off former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle's last name

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