WGN Channel 9 - Lead Off Man - "Opening Day With JFK" (Part 2, 1961)

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Here's Part 2 of an interesting piece of history - The beginning of the Lead-Off Man show on WGN Channel 9 on Opening Day 1961, White Sox At Washington, featuring an interview with the president.

Vince Lloyd interviews both John F. Kennedy and LBJ from the President's box. Hubert Humphrey and Everett Dirksen are right behind JFK. Panoramic shots of the old (and now long gone) Griffith Stadium, with the National Anthem. JFK throws out the first ball, caught by Jungle Jim Rivera of the White Sox.

Two commercials are included - Rapid Shave and Hamm's Beer, as well as a WGN-TV Station ID. (Floyd Brown is the announcer)

Managers Al Lopez and Cookie Lavagetto exchange lineup cards, and Jack Brickhouse gives the starting lineups.

(The Sox would win the game 4-3 after getting runs in the 7th and 8th innings)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, April 10th 1961.





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