This program features live coverage, from Yankee Stadium, of the sixth game of the 1977 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Keith Jackson -- who describes the weather in New York as "autumnal" -- calls the action, with commentary and analysis by Howard Cosell and Tom Seaver. Highlights include the following: a profile of Dodger catcher Steve Yeager; Howard Cosell interviews Yankee owner George Steinbrenner; Robert Merrill sings the national anthem; and Joe DiMaggio throws out the first ball. Game highlights include the following: Steve Garvey triples in the Dodger first and the Dodgers lead 2-0; Cosell, in the midst of a philippic against California weather, describes his broadcast partner Seaver as "comfortably ensconced in a rebuilt barn in Connecticut"; a Chris Chambliss homer in the Yankee second ties the score, 2-2; an increasingly frisky Cosell suggests that Seaver would use his hypothetical World Series share "to buy furniture for the barn"; on a pitch Seaver describes as being "right in his wheelhouse," Reggie Smith homers in the Dodger third to put the visitors up 3-2; upon spotting cheroot-smoking sports artist Leroy Neiman in the crowd, Cosell relates an anecdote about football commentator Frank Gifford describing a Nieman mural as looking "like a pizza"; Reggie Jackson homers with Thurman Munson on base in the Yankee fourth to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead; Cosell muses on Jackson's "vacillation of moods"; a Lou Piniella sacrifice brings in another Yankee run in the fourth, putting the pinstripers up 5-3; the announcers debate whether Jackson, seen talking on a dugout phone, is making dinner or airplane reservations; Jackson's second homer of the game, with one on in the Yankee fifth, puts the Yankees up 7-3; Cosell opines at length about the recent "rapprochement" between Jackson and manager Billy Martin; Cosell assesses the six-figure salaries earned by Yankee stars as representing "a lotta loot"; with the aid of animation, Dodger reliever Charlie Hough explains the knuckleball; Seaver and Cosell playfully catalog New York City's many bridges; Cosell offers a paean to Yankee catcher Thurman Munson, whom he dubs "Ol' Scrap Iron"; Jackson's third homer in the Yankee eighth extends the lead to 8-3; the laconic Keith Jackson calls dibs on the car Reggie will win as Series MVP; Cosell pays tribute to the two managers, Dodger pilot Tommy Losorda, whom he refers to as a "doughty [sic] little one-time [sic] southpaw," and Billy Martin, whom he labels "a beleaguered little pepperpot"; Garvey scores the final Dodger run; rowdy fans begin pelting the field with debris and firecrackers, forcing Reggie Jackson to don a batting helmet in right field; and Mike Torrez records the final out as the Yankees win the sixth game, 8-4, taking the series four games to two. In the clubhouse, correspondent Bill White battles through repeated champagne dousings to conduct interviews with Yankee manager Martin, coach Yogi Berra, and players Munson and Reggie Jackson, who thanks God, Fran Healy, and his endorsement partners Standard Brands and Puma, among others. Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn presents the championship trophy to Yankee owner George Steinbrenner. Includes commercials, promos, and a public service announcement.


  • DATE: October 18, 1977 Tuesday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 2:54:02
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T81:0511
  • GENRE: Sports
  • SUBJECT HEADING: African-American Collection - Sports; Baseball; Sports; World Series - 1977
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV, 1977
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  • Roone Arledge … Executive Producer
  • Chuck Howard … Producer
  • Ric LaCivita … Associate Producer
  • Chet Forte … Director
  • Robert Merrill … Singer
  • Keith Jackson … Sports Commentator
  • Howard Cosell … Sports Commentator
  • Tom Seaver … Sports Commentator
  • Ross Porter … Sports Commentator
  • Bill White … Sports Commentator
  • Yogi Berra
  • Chris Chambliss
  • Joe DiMaggio
  • Steve Garvey
  • Frank Gifford
  • Fran Healy
  • Charlie Hough
  • Keith Jackson
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Bowie Kuhn
  • Tommy Lasorda
  • Billy Martin
  • Thurman Munson
  • Leroy Neiman
  • Reggie Smith
  • George Steinbrenner
  • Mike Torrez
  • Steve Yeager
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (baseball team)
  • New York Yankees (baseball team)
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