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WFLD Channel 32 - American League Championship Series - Sox Vs. Orioles - Game 1 (Opening, 1983)

Here is the opening 8 minutes of Game 1 of the 1983 American League Championship Series, which was played between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.

You get to see the cool Channel 32 graphics for their Sox coverage at the time, as well as the starting lineups and opening banter by announcers Don Drysdale and Ken Harrelson.

(By the way, the Sox won this game 2-1, but lost the series 3-1) :-(

This aired on local Chicago TV on Wednesday, October 5th 1983.

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Just curious . . . at what point did Metromedia officially acquire WFLD, given the presence of the 1977-83 Field-era logo with the Eremitage font here? I know the new owners switched to a new logo not long after this (with the "32" in a very closely-kerned [tightly-spaced] Helvetica Bold a.k.a. Helvetica Black) . . .
Comment posted by W.B. on Friday, November 30th 2007 at 12:06pm.

Did I ever told you that YOU ARE DA MAN,FUZZY!!!THANKS FOR THIS SOX TREASURE!!!

We didn't win in '83,but our day came 22 years later!!!GO SOX!!!

Comment posted by SoxOnTV44 on Friday, November 30th 2007 at 12:07pm.

Gabe - I wanted to give all the loyal Sox fans another treat. Glad you enjoyed it! :-)

W.B. - Not sure of the date of acquisition exactly, but I do know that the Field era logo did tend to stick around during the interim period while the deal was being finalized, or perhaps they waited until the new quarter or season to roll out the new logos. A similar thing happened when Fox bought the station - it took awhile before all the logos were updated in every promo or ID and everything was transitioned over.

Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Friday, November 30th 2007 at 12:17pm.

I didn't realize local stations were covering baseball playoff games. I asumed everything would have been covered locally by the network, which would have been NBC exclusively at this point. Was this in adition to the network broadcast? Did the Cubs playoffs air locally on 9 the next year?
Comment posted by 1cpw on Friday, November 30th 2007 at 2:50pm.

1cpw,

The local stations of all the teams in the league championship series (both American and National) were allowed to produce their own television broadcast, starting in 1969 when the playoffs began, while the networks also aired the same games. In Chicago, Ch. 32 aired all games of the ALCS in 1983 from the game one win in Baltimore to game four's dramatics by Tito Landrum, enough said. NBC also aired the series, and Ch. 5 showed the games at the same time. So Ch. 5 and Ch. 32 went head-to-head for viewers.
Please note, it was only the LCS's that teams could show on local television carriers, for the World Series was exclusive to the networks and of course remains so to this day.
However, the 1983 playoffs marked the final year in which the local TV broadcasts were permitted for the right to go to the World Series, so there is the answer to your question about the Cubs in 1984. Ch. 9 was not allowed to air a local broadcast, neither were the San Diego Padres.
This as a result of the Atlanta Braves making it to the NLCS in 1982, as Major Leauge Baseball denied WTBS through a court ruling, that they could not air the NLCS, thus it would have meant competing nationally with ABC.
As a result, with the popularity of cable superstations at the time, Major League Baseball came to the conclusion that for the national television contract signed in 1984 as a renewal by NBC and ABC, that local team TV broadcast of the LCS's would be discoutinued.


Comment posted by Spr463 on Friday, November 30th 2007 at 3:32pm.

Also interesting to note: Don Drysdale, who along with Hawk called the ALCS on Ch 32, would also handle play-by-play duties on ABC's coverage on the NLCS between the Cubs and Padres the next year.
Just figured you would find it interesting.
One aspect about Drysdale when he pitched for the Dodgers, he did not mind using the heat to throw up and in at hitters if you know what I mean.

Comment posted by Spr463 on Friday, November 30th 2007 at 3:42pm.

I love anything with "Fame" playing in the background! ;)
Comment posted by 70s80s on Friday, November 30th 2007 at 5:44pm.

More 80s White Sox Clips, Promos, and Opening Themes please and thank you Fuzzy Memories.
Comment posted by 1980sfan on Friday, November 30th 2007 at 9:13pm.

One of the more interesting times was in 1978--in that immortal one-game playoff between the Yankees and Red Sox. Nationally it was seen on ABC--for the NYC market WPIX-11 carried the game with the late Frank Messer and Phil Rizzutto along with Bill White. And for Boston, I would think WSBK would carry the Sox with Ken Coleman/Ned Martin in some capacity.



Of course to a Yanks fan like myself--can't get enough of White's immortal call on the blast by Bucky **EXPLETIVE** Dent




"Deep to left...Yaztremski will not get it...IT'S A HOME RUN!! A THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY BUCKY DENT AND THE YANKS NOW LEAD IT BY A SCORE OF 3 TO 2!"



Next year, it will be 30 years since that game took place. I think Carlton Fisk, who was catcher in this 1983 game, was catcher in that 1978 game as battery mate to Mike Torrez, who in 1977 pitched for the Yankees.



Of course now that is water under the bridge--especially with what happened about a couple of months ago!

Comment posted by BobAnthony on Saturday, December 1st 2007 at 9:58am.

Can you imagne if the 1977 White Sox had won the A.L. West,that Channel 44 would have shown the ALCS alongside NBC that year.Humm,Joe Garagiola and Tony Kubek on NBC or Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall on TV 44,hummm that's a hard choice to make!lol!!!
Comment posted by SoxOnTV44 on Saturday, December 1st 2007 at 10:46am.

Do you have any footage of the 9th inning of this Game #1, where Hoyt shut down the Orioles for the Sox's only win in that series? Also, even though I am a die-hard Sox fan, it would be interesting to see footage of Game #4, where Britt Burns pitched his heart out in an effort to carry the team to a deciding Game #5.
Comment posted by Nite-Owl on Saturday, December 1st 2007 at 7:10pm.

Thanks. I forgot what Drysdale sounded like. He and Hawk were great together.
Comment posted by ro46214 on Monday, December 3rd 2007 at 2:23pm.

Wow... doesn't seem that long ago since the Winning Ugly '83 season, but MAN were those graphics primitive! Great viewing!!!
Comment posted by Ray on Tuesday, February 5th 2008 at 8:19pm.

Nice...thanks Fuzzy!
Comment posted by Berger on Monday, March 26th 2012 at 2:12pm.

@Spr463, so in other words...Ted Turner ruined it for everyone. Figures. ;)

Comment posted by APM on Monday, March 26th 2012 at 10:08pm.

I loved that White Sox intro. I remember it was used during the 1982 and 1983 seasons (the first two with WFLD televising the games). I remember I was a high school freshman during the 1983 ALCS. I was coming home from soccer practice at Marquette Park when I heard that the Sox won the first game.
Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Tuesday, March 27th 2012 at 12:07am.

Next season....TIGERS WIN!
Comment posted by Detroit4Chicago on Tuesday, March 27th 2012 at 6:33pm.

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