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Thursday, June 21st, 2018
40 Years Ago Today

Here's a rarity for you baseball fans out there - the clean opening for Chicago White Sox games as aired on WSNS Channel 44, as it looked before the voices of the announcers and the sponsor billboards were added on for each game.

Ronald Vasser wrote, produced and directed this opening, with editing by Ron Vasser and Mike Torchia.

This copy was dubbed by Marc Claussen and Edward Keker on June 22, 1978.

"A TV 44 Sports Presentation" voiceover by Mal Wyman.

FuzzyMemories.TV forum member jfthstv wrote: "I like that funky psychedelic 70s track at the end of this opening." KBA adds: "I think this was used for the entire 1978 season, as well as 1979 and 1980. I only remember one other Sox opening on WSNS -- one with Chuck Tanner and Dick Allen that they used from '73 - '77."

Ron Vasser recalls they traveled to Denver, Colorado to get this opening created - so that must mean it was produced at Computer Image Corp., where Scanimate was invented, right?

W.B. wrote "Dolphin Productions and Image West were the other two companies that used the Scanimate process which was in evidence on this open."

WSNS Channel 44 - Chicago White Sox Baseball (Clean Opening, 1978)

Here's a rarity for you baseball fans out there - the clean opening for Chicago White Sox games as aired on WSNS Channel 44, as it looked before the voices of the announcers and the sponsor billboards were added on for each game.

Ronald Vasser wrote, produced and directed this opening, with editing by Ron Vasser and Mike Torchia.

This copy was dubbed by Marc Claussen and Edward Keker on June 22nd 1978, as shown at the beginning of this clip (with approx. 425 Hz tone beeping on and off):

White Sox Open
"New Dub"
June 22, 1978
Claussen/Keker
1st Generation from Master
1:50 Total Time

"A TV 44 Sports Presentation" voiceover by Mal Wyman.

This looks to me like it was dubbed from the master tape to a VHS, which was then transferred to DVD - too bad the master tape or even a Umatic dub wasn't saved - not that we can afford to be picky. ;-)

This aired on local Chicago TV starting around the second half of the 1978 baseball season.

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Viewer Comments

Another great find Fuzzy!!! I like that funky psychedelic 70s track at the end of this opening.
Comment posted by jfthstv on Thursday, March 14th 2013 at 9:02pm.

I think this was used for the entire 1978 season, as well as 1979 and 1980. I only remember one other Sox opening on WSNS -- one with Chuck Tanner and Dick Allen that they used from '73 - '77.
Comment posted by KBA on Friday, March 15th 2013 at 3:04pm.

Did Dolphin Productions produce this?
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Saturday, March 16th 2013 at 8:02pm.

Either them, or Image West. Both companies used the Scanimate process which was in evidence on this open.
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, March 17th 2013 at 11:20am.

Ron Vasser recalls they travelled to Denver, Colorado to get this opening created - so that must mean it was produced at Computer Image Corp., where Scanimate was invented, right?
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Monday, March 18th 2013 at 11:39am.

YEAH!
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Monday, March 18th 2013 at 9:28pm.

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