Woodie's World

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Episode Guide

  • Season 3
    • Spring Training
      Spring Training
      Episode 10
      a. From 1969: Johnny Bench, last year's N.L. Rookie of the Year, is now making $25,000 annually.

      b. From 1968: Detroit batting coach Tony Cucinello is back on his pedestal as the "king of the fungoes."

      c. From 1970: Bo Belinsky, now 33, has his last chance after a life so different from 39-year-old Dick Hall.

      d. From 1971: The maligned (as usual) Montréal Expos provide an all-comers tryout camp.moreless
    • The Sweet Science
      a. From 1976: Muhammad Ali is still Ali as Woodie interviews him in San Juan. b. From 1973: Woodie is in the worst part of Baltimore, where Eli Hanover tries to be a boxing promoter. c. From 1967: Nino Benvenuti, Italian-born boxer, begins to make his impact in the United States. d. From early 1968: Woodie talks of Nino and Emile Griffith before their third match. e. From 1968: On the eve of the new Madison Square Garden's opening, Woodie eulogizes the old Madison Square Garden.moreless
    • Founding Fathers
      Founding Fathers
      Episode 8
      a. From Nov. 25, 1967: Al Barrett represents a die-hard New York Giants fan. He seems to follow the players wherever they go in the Big Apple. b. From Dec. 30, 1972: The Pittsburgh Steelers' dynasty begins to sprout, with Franco's Italian Army on its initial march. c. Woodie reflects on how the NFL owes its existence to Saratoga race track, where Art Rooney (Steelers) and Tim Mara (Giants) made the money to run their NFL teams. d. From Jan. 1975: Art Rooney is interviewed on the threshold of his Steelers' appearance in Super Bowl IX. e. From 1969: Woodie spans a full day at a race track called "Bowie" (not Bowie Kuhn, mind you).moreless
    • Knicks-Lakers
      Episode 7
      a. From 1967: Cazzire Russell is chosen as the cornerstone of the Knicks. b. From 1967: Princeton's Bill Bradley joins the Knicks. c. From 1969: Red Holtzman is concerned with the gestalt that will make the Knicks a champion in May 8, 1970. d. From January 1972: Finally the LakerNation is heard from after its record 33 straight wins. It's the end of their two-game losing streak. Wilt Chamberlain is closing in on 30,000 points.moreless
    • It's Entertainment
      a. From 1973: Woodie stands in a Georgia prison ward, where The Longest Yard is being filmed. b. From 1974: A Hollywood acting class finds one Jed Horner, a former football coach. Dave Chapelle talks about football players acting hurt on the field. c. From 1971: The attempt at reviving roller derby. d. From 1972: A rodeo clown looks at his job as life-saver.moreless
    • Football Rebels
      Football Rebels
      Episode 5
      a. From summer 1973: Woodie reflects on running back Duane Thomas, the season-long holdout resurfaced with the Washington Redskins. Includes footage of the Redskins' first preseason game. b. From 1970: Dave Meggyesy, the ex-St. Louis Cardinal linebacker, has bolted for the Berkeley way of life. There he is working on his book, Out of Their League. c. From 1970: Bennie Friedman, ex-Giants quarterback, is still seen as a self-promoter. d. From January 22, 1972: NFLPA founder Ed Garvey flexes the players' muscles to challenge the NFL's strict order.moreless
    • The Rivals
      The Rivals
      Episode 4
      a. From Nov. 1970: Woodie is in Columbus, detailing some classic past match-ups in the Ohio State-Michigan football rivalry.

      b. From 1966: Talk of the Harvard-Yale football rivalry.

      c. From 1968: Woodie documents the celebrated 29-29 tie between Harvard and visiting Yale.

      d. From 1971: Woodie is in Berkeley, revealing aspects of the track-and-field competition between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.

      e. From 1971: The Giants and Dodgers are in the thick of the race for the National League West title.

      f. From April 1975: Fenway Park beckons with the first clash between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.moreless
    • Secretariat
      Episode 3
      a. From Oct. 1970: Woodie reports from Claiborne Farms in Paris, Kentucky. b. From May 1972: At Meadow Farm in Virginia, Woodie talks of Kentucky Derby winner Riva Ridge. c. From 1973: Woodie dispatches news of the high monies surrounding Secretariat before the Kentucky Derby. d. From May 1973: Woodie presents Chick Anderson's call of Secretariat's Derby victory (1:59.4). e. From May 1973: Woodie talks of Secretariat's win at the Preakness (Chick Anderson, again, is heard with the home-stretch call). f. From 1973: Woodie is at Belmont Park to report on the final leg (Chick Anderson: "He is moving like a tremendous machine!") of Secretariat's Triple Crown. g. From Nov. 1973: Aqueduct Race Track witnesses Secretariat's last visit to any racing palladium. Interspersed throughout: Woodie's, and Penny's, reflections on Secretariat from ESPN interviews.moreless
    • The Earl of Weaver
      a. From ESPN interviews: Retired Woodie discusses manager Earl Weaver's character. b. From Oct. 3, 1969: Game 2 of the first-ever American League Championship Series finds Baltimore's strength unwavering, outlasting the Twins in extra innings. c. From Oct. 16, 1969: Baltimore's World Series disappointment is briefly extracted with one sentence from an Earl Weaver interview. d. From 1970: At Yankee Stadium, Woodie brings glow to the Orioles' starting pitching staff. e. From Oct. 13, 1970: Baltimore's World Series redemption – and Weaver's only World title – is fueled in Game 3 with Brooks' Robinson's glove and pitcher Dave McNally's bat. f. From Oct. 14, 1970: Cincinnati staves off Baltimore's thought of a four-game sweep, but… g. From Oct. 15, 1970: The World Championship, finally, belongs to Baltimore. Woodie reports on this Series' fifth game. h. From 1971: Weaver's true side comes out.moreless
    • The Boys from Fenway
      Back in the old days, people alleged a curse kept the Boston Red Sox from ever winning a World Series after World War I. Just days before the Bosox conquered all with their 2004 World Series sweep of the Cardinals, this show painfully reminded us that there were some New Englanders who had given up. a. From 1967: Woodie tells of the Bosox coming back to beat the Angels at Fenway, before 34,193 fans. b. From Oct. 1, 1967: Woodie explains how the Red Sox won the pennant on the last day of the season. c. From Oct, 5. 1967: Jim Lonborg gives hope for the Bosox with a one-hitter. d. From Oct, 9. 1967: Jim Lonborg gives hope for the Bosox with the must-win that cuts the Cardinals' World Series lead to three games to two. e. From Oct, 11. 1967: The Sox pull to tie the World Series, but… f. From Oct. 12, 1967: The World Series ends, and no one on the Sox can beat the Cardinals' ace, Bob Gibson. g. From spring 1968: Carl Yastrzemski is followed around during the Sox' Winter Haven, Florida training camp. h. From 1972: Burned Boston feels that first dangerous dosage of sports radio. The talking heads on Sports Huddle lambaste Bill Russell's number-retirement and Major League Baseball's reserve clause.moreless
  • Season 2
  • Season 1