ABC'S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS: SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 1960s (TV)

Summary

One in this series of sports programs. This two-part special program features sports highlights from the 1960s. Highlights include the following: Ted Williams' home run in his last at-bat and his refusal to tip his hat to the crowd; Bill Mazeroski's home run in the 1960 World Series that made his Pittsburgh Pirates winners over the New York Yankees; Roger Maris breaks Babe Ruth's single season home run record; Maury Wills becomes the best base stealer in all of baseball; Denny McLain, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, becomes a thirty-one game winner; Sandy Koufax becomes the most dominant pitcher of the decade; Frank Robinson and Carl Yastrzemski win the Triple Crown title in the years 1966 and 1967, respectively; Mickey Mantle crushes his five hundredth career home run; Willie Mays hits his six hundredth home run; the New York Mets enter the major leagues in 1962; the "Miracle Mets" win the World Series in 1969; basketball's Boston Celtics win nine of the ten championships in the 1960s, led by Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, and Bill Russell; a young player from UCLA, Lew Alcindor, dominates the game and makes a big impact in the pros; Wilt Chamberlain scores one hundred points in a game against the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pennsylvania; a new football league, the American Football League (AFL) is formed but dwarfed by the powerful National Football League (NFL); Vince Lombardi is the inspirational leader, coach, and builder of the legendary Green Bay Packers; the Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown becomes the first marquee player in the NFL; the AFL and the NFL agree to merge in 1970; two star players, Paul Hornung and Alex Karras, are suspended for one year for allegedly betting on their own teams; in college football, Sandy Stevens is the first black quarterback to lead a Division I school; in the 1965 National Championship game, USC's O.J. Simpson wins the game with a sixty-four yard run for a touchdown; Alabama quarterback Joe Namath throws eighteen passes for two hundred fifty-five yards and two touchdowns, but can't beat Texas in the 1965 Orange Bowl; immediately after the game, Namath signs a contract with the New York Jets and takes them to a Super Bowl victory in 1969; Syracuse's Ernie Davis, who played both offense and defense, dies at the age of twenty-three from leukemia; Maurice "the Rocket" Richard and Gordie Howe are the stars in hockey; Bobby Hull, an exciting young newcomer, scores fifty-one goals in a regular season; the Montreal Canadiens are the Celtics of hockey, dominating the decade with victory after victory; in boxing, Sonny Liston versus Floyd Patterson opens the decade, with Liston winning easily; Patterson becomes the only heavyweight to regain the title when he knocks out Ingemar Johansson; in 1964, Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, comes on the scene; Ali fights Liston in 1965 and controversy surrounds the fight as "The Invisible Punch" that floored Liston is examined; underdogs of the decade include Billy Mills in the 1964 Summer Olympics, the 1960 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal, and Arthur Ashe, the first amateur and black man to the win the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament; in golf, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus lift their sport to new heights; in auto racing, drivers strive to go faster and many of them lose their lives trying; tragedy strikes again when the plane carrying the U.S. figure skating team crashes, killing everyone aboard; many Olympic records are set during the decade, including Bob Beamon's long jump of twenty-nine feet, surpassing the old record by two feet; swimmer Debbie Meyer becomes the first woman to win three individual gold medals; Jim Beatty becomes the first person to run a mile in under four minutes; and Don Bragg ses the record for the pole vault, using the old-style bamboo poles. Includes commentary from Howard Cosell. Includes commercials.

Details

  • NETWORK: ABC
  • DATE: December 27, 1969 Saturday 3:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:30:00
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T80:0317
  • GENRE: Sports
  • SUBJECT HEADING: African-American Collection - Sports
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV series, 1961-
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CREDITS

    • Roone Arledge … Executive Producer
    • Jim Spence … Coordinating Producer
    • Dennis Lewin … Producer
    • Don Ohlmeyer … Director
    • Dick Ebersol … Researcher
    • Doug Wilson … Music (Misc. Credits), Music Coordinator
    • Jim McKay … Host
    • Howard Cosell … Sports Commentator
    • Alcindor, Lew (See also: Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem)
    • Mario Andretti
    • Eddie Arcaro
    • Arthur Ashe
    • Jim Barrows
    • Bob Beamon
    • Bob Beattie
    • Jim Beatty
    • Abebe Bikila
    • Don Bragg
    • Jim Brown
    • Valeri Brumel
    • Leslie Bush
    • John Carlos
    • Wilt Chamberlain
    • Clay, Cassius (See also: Ali, Muhammad)
    • Bob Cousy
    • Ernie Davis
    • De Vicenzo, Roberto
    • Peggy Fleming
    • Dick Fosbury
    • A.J. Foyt
    • Bob Goalby
    • Andy Granatelli
    • Nancy Greene
    • John Havliceck
    • Bob Hayes
    • Carol Heiss
    • Phil Hill
    • Paul Hornung
    • Gordie Howe
    • Jim Huega
    • Bobby Hull
    • Donald Jackson
    • David Jenkins
    • Ingemar Johansson
    • Rafer Johnson
    • Alex Karras
    • Cynthia Kauffman
    • Ronald Kauffman
    • Billy Kidd
    • Jean-Claude Killy
    • Sandy Koufax
    • Rod Laver
    • Sonny Liston
    • Vince Lombardi
    • Johnny Longden
    • Mickey Mantle
    • Willie Mays
    • Bill Mazeroski
    • Roger Maris
    • Randy Matson
    • Terry McDermott
    • Chuck McKinley
    • Denny McLain
    • Debbie Meyer
    • Marvin Miller
    • Billy Mills
    • Arthur Modell
    • Orville Moody
    • Stirling Moss
    • FelipŽ Mu–oz
    • Joe Namath
    • Jack Nicklaus
    • Al Oerter
    • Arnold Palmer
    • Floyd Patterson
    • JosŽ Pedraza
    • John Pennel
    • Ludmila Protopopov
    • Oleg Protopopov
    • Maurice Richard
    • Frank Robinson
    • Wilma Rudolph
    • Jean Saubert
    • Donald Schollander
    • Karl Schranz
    • Bob Seagren
    • Simpson, O.J. (Orenthal James Simpson)
    • Lydia Skoblikova
    • Tommie Smith
    • Casey Stengel
    • Sandy Stevens
    • Lee Trevino
    • John Uelses
    • Ken Venturi
    • Ted Williams
    • Maury Wills
    • Tim Wood
    • C.K. Yang
    • Carl Yastrzemski