Saturday, April 29, 1961: 'Wide World of Sports'

What would become a staple of sports programming premieres on ABC, televising track's Penn Relays and Drake Relays. The narration that opened the show (starting in its second year) would be memorable as well: "Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport ... the thrill of victory ... and the agony of defeat ... the human drama of athletic competition ... this is ABC's Wide World of Sports."

* Watch the original opening: @
* 1991 article from Sports Illustrated: @
* Excerpt from "A History of Sports Highlights: Replayed Plays from Edison to ESPN": @
* Excerpt from "Roone: A Memoir" (Roone Arledge was the show's first producer): @

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