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article number 743
article date 11-15-2018
copyright 2018 by Author else SaltOfAmerica
We Enter the Golden Age of Television, 1951, Part 2: Sports Mania but Angered Fans
by TV Digest, (Philadelphia) writers
   

OPEN LETTER TO PHILA.’S TV STATIONS

We believe our three Philadelphia television stations have done a splendid entertainment job for our city. We think they’re doing a grand job to, from the standpoint of distinguishing themselves in the excellence of their programming, and in their outstanding work in the presentation of public service and educational television shows.

From the tone of letters received from our many readers, most televiewers share our feeling and point with pride at the many accomplishments of our Philadelphia television stations. Nearly all are happy with the caliber of programming being received on their television sets.

Regretfully, however, we only can say “nearly all.” For according to other letters, one big slice of our television population—the ardent baseball fan—has been very unhappy these days. Even though the vast numbers of them realize that their desires may be difficult to achieve, they’re mighty desirous of enjoying some night baseball on television.

Now take it easy stations WPTZ, WFIL-TV and WCAU-TV! We know all three of you tried desperately hard to make night baseball possible for our TV fans. We know you figured end schemed and finally had to give it up. It’s not that we don’t know about all the network commitments, sponsor indignation and other ramifications called for to clear the time.

Nevertheless, we can see how the baseball fan feels about it too. Most of the fans are working-men. They miss games played during the day. If they go away for a weekend, they miss their baseball completely.

And, you can take it from us, when a television fan misses his baseball, he’s pretty unhappy.

That’s why we want to make this appeal to all of our television channels. We would like you to reconsider the possibilities of telecasting night baseball. Perhaps now that your summer schedules are under way, some shifting around may have occurred to make it possible. Some of you may be considering that very idea.

We’re hoping a deeper study of the situation might uncover some way of making one night baseball telecast a week possible. That would mean only one evening every third week for each of you television channels to clear over and above present-day baseball scheduling. With a good deal of the baseball season behind us, that would mean a few games for each station.

That isn’t much, considering what you might get in return. That time will pay off in lots of good will.

So what do you say—you reg’lar fellas at Channels 3, 6 and 10? Why not shuffle this baseball problem around once more in all of your minds. We’re sure that if the three of you bat this thing around the bases once more, you’ll come up with the solution that will bring more of the great American game to us TV fans.

   
CARTOON: TV Public vs. Night Baseball.

TV FANS LOSE YARDAGE IN FOOTBALL

There’s no question about the fact that football, from the telefan viewpoint, is being thrown for a tremendous loss. The year before last, there was football galore to be had for the twist of your dial. Last year, the football fare wasn’t as varied, but nevertheless a fair share of televised football was available.

In the season to come, the pigskin picture looks very black indeed.

There have been plenty of headlines concerning the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its “protective” attitude toward its member colleges.

In an effort to see that each college gets the maximum returns on its football investment dollar, it has severely curtailed the televising of college football games. We’ll be seeing what they want us to see.

That means three Saturdays, no college football; two Saturdays we’ll get a game out of this area; two Saturday games from the midwest, and three Saturdays of games from this area. All of which means too little of the kind of football we want.

We wonder if the NCAA realizes how closely it resembles so many unpopular “business” associations which get together in the same way to falsely prop up prices or to establish lobbying measures in legislation?

We wonder if NCAA realizes that it has torn off the last shreds of illusion with which the public may have regarded college football’s amateur standing?

We know that Penn’s stand in defiance of NCAA won that college a lot of friends, even though Penn had to capitulate in the end. But, we wonder if the NCAA realizes how many friends it lost in putting on the pressure to make Penn give in?

We also wonder if the NCAA thinks they’re going to make new friends and influence fans by taking the same rights they’ve withheld from home-TV and handing them on a platter to theatre-TV?

We can only foresee one result arising from the NCAA’s actions in trying to squeeze every last drop of dough from what has been an extremely good deal.

The organization is due for a real surprise. It is attempting to prove that televising football hurts the box office. The organization is going to learn that they do lose some fans at the box office, but they’re counterbalanced by those new fans the sport gains.

We believe that when dyed-in-the- wool football fans learn what’s on the football menu this fall they won’t be pleased with the organization that caused this catastrophe.

We believe that football fans will be more than displeased with the NCAA. They’ll kick back. And when they kick, they’ll kick hard at the most sensitive spot. Obviously, the most sensitive spot with the NCAA is right in the pocketbook.

   
CARTOON. TV Public vs. NCAA.

Jersey Joe in Philly

Jersey Joe Walcott, the guy who gets “E” for effort in our book, slipped into Philadelphia and WCAU-TV on July 24th for his first local telecast since he annexed the world’s heavyweight championship crown. John Facenda on his 11 P. M. telecast had a pleasant little interview with Joe, which televiewers in this area enjoyed no end.

   
LOCAL TV APPEARANCE: Making his first appearance on a local TV show since he won the heavyweight crown, Jersey Joe Walcott is shown chatting with John Facenda.

Sports Glimpses

   

By Harvey Pollack

You’ve often heard the expression that “things will get better as time goes by.” But as far as Roller Derby fans are concerned, things are getting worse all the time.

Their annoyance stems from the failure of the Roller Derby to be seen on television these days and the gloomy outlook for telecasting of their favorite event this fall.

There’s been a series of misfortunes as far as Roller Derby devotees are concerned. The opening blow came in May when there were no local telecasts of the World Series from Madison Square Garden. Interest had been built up all winter and spring for the big series, and when the championships came, they weren’t seen here.

That was bad enough and had Roller Derby fans talking to themselves and also filling our mail bag with complaints and requests to know who won the title.

Then insult was added to injury when ABC carried the summer series from Asbury Park, N. J. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 P. M. But they were not carried locally. Nor will be the summer finals on Sept. 3 when the Roller Derby Queen will be crowned.

The Derby fans were staggering from these setbacks when they learned what could be the crushing blow. For, at the present time, it appears that this fall and winter will find no Derby games whatsoever on local or any other TV screens.

This situation, however, is not a local fault because the networks don’t plan any telecasts inasmuch as no one has signified any intentions of sponsoring the show.

Leo Seltzer, managing director of the Derby, is hopeful that a sponsor can be located for he realizes that television made millions of fans for the sport.

Seltzer is optimistic that a sponsor and the time will be found but meanwhile Derby fans are in the dumps.

THE SPORTS MAILBAG

We are being swamped with letters froth Roller Derby fans wanting to know when they’ll hear Ken Nydell announce the games again. For example, Mrs. Norman Jenkins, of Lionville, says when the games were on, she knew what teams were playing where.

Now she’s in the dark. She became such a fan via TV that she even drove to Asbury Park to see the games.

TV also aroused hen interest in wrestling and made her, a cash customer in the Wilmington Ball Park.

For Bob Johnston, of MerchantvilIe, we repeat that New York won the Derby world series, beating Chicago in the final. . . . Harold Riley, of Gwinhurst, wants more than one night of roller derby. Most fans would be satisfied with one for sure.

OPEN LETTER TO A FRIEND of the TV FANS

Mr. Jerome W. Marks, Chairman
Fair Television Practices Committee
New York City, N.Y.

Dear Friend:

The efforts put forth by you and the committee which you head have not gone unnoticed. We -- and when we say “we”, that means the more than 100,000 TV Digest families in this area - - are extremely grateful for your staunch fight in opposing both the inroads of Theater-TV and the NCAA ruling which sadly limits the number of football games we will be permitted to see this fall.

We back you wholeheartedly and agree fully with your statement that the NCAA and its plan is “violating the anti-trust laws.”

Also, we feel that you couldn’t have expressed more clearly the NCAA’s error in blaming the shrinking box office receipts on TV, when you said: “It appears more likely that economic inflation and higher tax rates have done more to reduce attendance at football games than television.”

Our sentiments are completely with you in your charge that the NCAA “has forced compliance through threats by other members, actual or implied, to cancel games with the offending institution or institutions.” And, we’re pulling for you to cram all those accusations home, during the Attorney General’s investigation of the activities of the NCAA.

But, this letter is not intended just as lip service. It is not being written just to express our appreciation of the fact that you are carrying the ball for the TV football fan. We want to offer our help.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO AID YOUR COMMITTEE AND YOUR FIGHT ON BEHALF OF TELEVISION PROGRAMMING? IF THERE’S ANY WAY IN WHICH THE MANY, MANY TELEVISION FAMILIES IN THIS AREA CAN OFFER SOME ASSISTANCE, JUST LET US KNOW.

Sincerely yours
TV DIGEST
“Voice of TV in the Philadelphia area.”

Sports Glimpses

By Harvey Pollack

With the baseball season about to sing its 1951 swan song, the big topic of conversation these days is football and how much of it we will see on our TV screens on those Fall Sunday afternoons.

The menu is not as attractive as in past years for the only pro football games we will see will be five of the Eagles’ contests on foreign soil. They will be carried by Channel 6 and will be the only pro games seen here with the exception of the championship game on Dec. 23.

The last regular baseball game is slated for Sunday Sept. 30 (Phillies vs. Brooklyn). On the following Sunday, (Oct. 7) one of the World Series games is scheduled unless one team should win four straight.

Then football starts as follows:
Oct. 14—Eagles-Green Bay
Oct. 21—Eagles-New York
Nov. 4—Eagles-Pittsburgh
Nov. 11—Eagles-Cleveland
Dec. 2—Eagles-Washington

Outside of these five dates there won’t be any football on the screens. On Oct 28 (Washington), Nov. 18 (Detroit), Nov. 25 (Pittsburgh), Dec. 9 (New York) and Dec. 16 (Cleveland), the Eagles will be playing at home and won’t have any games on the air.

The Eagles feel that TV hurts their gate, and consequently won’t permit any telecasts of their home games. If they could be guaranteed sellout houses for their home contests, they would readily sanction the screening of the games.

In past years, besides the Eagles game, there was a pro football game of the week shown. Thus, on many Sundays in the past, two games were on the screens—an Eagles’ away game and also what was considered the top game of the week. But these games have been discontinued.

   
Saturday, November 3, 1951, early TV schedule.

Sports Glimpses

by Harvey Pollack

As you TV viewers watch the World Series at home or in your favorite lounging place next week (WPTZ will carry the series), it might be a nice gesture to think about the man who more or less made it possible for you to see the series without paying an extra charge.

That man is Happy Chandler, the deposed commissioner of baseball. And the funny thing about the whole situation is that although Chandler made a deal which gave Gillette the radio and TV rights to the baseball classic for six years and netted baseball $7,370,000, the baseball men didn’t like the transaction.

Many baseball owners didn’t go for it at the time of the deal. But since the advent of Theatre-TV, some more of the owners have popped off about Happy’s series TV sale. They figured Happy made a big mistake for two reasons:

No. 1. They didn’t think Happy should have made such a long range deal. They figure that TV was in its infancy at that time and that baseball could have made more money on selling the rights year by year. They point out that if the rights were up for sale today, sponsors would bid more than they did a year ago. They also claim that whereas only a few companies might bid on the long term rights, there are many companies who would bid for the series on a one-time basis.

No. 2. They point out Theatre-TV has emerged since the deal. They figure that the movie industry could top any bid of sponsors for TV airings and point to Theatre-TVs recent successes in boxing as an example.

No matter what they think, we and millions of TV viewers like Happy’s TV deal for it means we’ll be seeing the games at home for at least six more years. If Happy never did anything else right, he sure aided the fans in his TV series sale.

REPORTING FROM RINGSIDE

• Russ Hodges points up the highlights of Wednesday night boxing.

Wednesday nights (at 10 P. M. on Channel 10) there’s an estimated 25 million TV fight fans in 30 cities, who sit tensely forward on their favorite viewing chairs completely and totally engrossed in the squared-circle action.

(If you’re the wife or mother of one of those fight fans, don’t think your special fight fan is the only one who acts the way he does. There are many millions whose attention couldn’t be drawn away from that TV screen, even if you burned the house down!)

Ratings have been soaring on these boxing shows—and no wonder. Realizing that so many fans were eager to see these boxing bouts put on from various cities, the sponsors jumped the gun on the season, starting six weeks ahead of their planned schedule.

Of course, none of the fans minded that too much, especially since included were two championship fights in a row—the Maxim-Murphy light-heavy title go on August 22 and the Gavilan-Graham welterweight championship battle the following week.

Reporting from ringside on a majority of those bouts recently has been Russ Hodges, whose conservative manner of relaying information on the action has caught the fancy of the fans. Russ has been at ringside at quite a number of the bouts and has reached the point where he has amassed a stock of information on most of the ring attractions.

   
BOXING HIGHLIGHT: Exciting moment of action in the Maxim-Murphy fight when Bob Murphy took a slip on the canvas.

Hodges got an early start behind the microphone. He did regular announcing work for the University of Kentucky even before his graduation from that institution. His first professional job after college days was doing commercials and sports announcing for Station WCKY.

Russ began to be known in the sports world after announcing Western League Baseball and Big Ten football games. He reported the Cubs and White Sox games in 1935 through 1938, also doing the sports-casting for Big Ten basketball and the home games of the Chicago Bears and Northwestern University.

In the years 1939 to 1941, Russ went upward a few more notches through his radio reporting of the Washington Senators’ games and Redskin football games. After that he was on solid ground as a sportscaster covering outstanding baseball and football games for the Mutual network.

More recently Hodges has been covering New York baseball and football and has reported the New York Giants baseball games since 1949. Due to these commitments, Hodges’ Wednesday night boxing announcing chores are on a somewhat irregular basis.

Since the sponsors are boosting such new boxing centers as Detroit, St. Louis and Baltimore as points of origination of the Wednesday night fights, it has become increasingly difficult to keep the same sportscaster on deck at all times.

The remainder of the boxing season will continue to bring the top-ranking boxer in every weight division for the stay-at-homes. In the meantime, theater-TV or no theater-TV—the boys who’re enjoying the fistic mayhem in the comfort of their living rooms are still enjoying lots of ring excitement with such greats as Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, James Carter, Rocky Graziano, Bob Murphy, Joey Maxim, Billy Graham, Charley Fusari, Bob Satterfield, Chico Vejar and many others.

. . . how about SOCCER ON TV?

By HARVEY POLLACK

Since the advent of television in this region, viewers have witnessed various types of sporting activity direct from the scene of action. But one of the sports that has missed out is the international game of soccer.

Surely it’s nice to have seen baseball, football, basketball, horse racing, track, tennis, golf, wrestling, boxing, midget racing and stock car racing at one time or other on the screen.

But ask any soccer fan and he’ll point out what a shame it is to have such a thrilling sport as soccer absent from our sporting bill of fare. The only chance the general TV public has had to see soccer on TV has come from the rare films of the sport shown on such programs as Sports Album, or Sports Camera.

Otherwise, there has been no TV viewing of the sport locally. It’s been the same pretty much all over the country, but evidently the other sections are waking up and taking cognizance of the sport.

Out on the West Coast where soccer is popular, a move is already well advanced in the San Francisco region to put the game on the screen. Then in St. Louis, several games already have been carried by the local station. In New York, the soccer enthusiasts also are campaigning for TV soccer.

   
"Out on the West Coast where soccer is popular, a move is already well advanced in the San Francisco region to put the game on the screen."

So it’s only natural that here in Philadelphia, a city recognized along with New York and St. Louis as the three big soccer centers of the nation, we should be eager to have the games on TV.

The sport itself is action-packed from start to finish and would be a sensation on TV. The ball moves up and down the field at a rapid clip.

The men scamper around the field without respites. Color is added by the players hitting the ball with their heads, kicking the ball with their feet and the goalies throwing the ball with their hands.

Now the problem resolves itself into the question of whether the local teams would go for the televising of the sport. A preliminary survey among the backers of the Philadelphia Americans and the Nationals, the two professional teams in the area, shows that these teams would welcome the TV cameras to their games.

The next step would be the availability of TV time so that the games could be carried “live.” Pro soccer games are played on Sunday afternoons, which on the surface appears to be a good time for the games to be carried.

And soccer is played from September through May and thus could be utilized as the Sunday afternoon sport between the end of the football season and the start of the baseball campaign.

We’ll discuss both the views of the soccer teams and those of the local TV stations towards soccer on TV in future articles in this series.

   
ACTION GALORE: Photos demonstrate what a lively and spectacular sport soccer is.

The latest on the ROLLER DERBY

By HARVEY POLLACK

• Chances brighter for either “live” or film games.

If you bump into a Roller Derby fan these days, there’s only one question on his or her mind and that’s this: When is the famine going to end for the people who love to see the Roller Derby on TV?

Locally there is no definite word one way or another. Nationally there is nothing in sight as yet. For New Yorkers the picture is much brighter at the moment since WCBS, the CBS flag station there, is carrying the games on Saturday afternoons.

Now what can we expect here. The only definite word we have comes from Leo Seltzer, the managing director of the Derby. He says that films of the first 13 Roller Derby games of this season have been made and have been offered to all three channels here for use locally.

Because most of the coveted station time is already taken, Leo fears the channels might slot the films at periods where not too large a viewing audience will be on hand.

   

Films Are ‘Better’

Of course we wouldn’t like to see this happen, but right now, like most Derby fans, we’d settle! for anything.

“You know in many ways the films are better than the live games” Seltzer explains. “We film the last two periods of the games and we can edit out all the dead spots which we can’t do on live telecasts. And the quality of the film is excellent."

CBS Has Exclusive Rights

Now what about live telecasts here. Exactly why can they have them on the New York station and not bring them in here. Certainly we’d go for the Saturday afternoon games regardless of how much is shown.

CBS now has exclusive rights to the games both on a local and national basis, according to Seltzer, and we can’t help wondering why we don’t see the games here. It doesn’t make sense that the network’s own station in New York can carry the games while CBS affiliates all over the nation aren’t offered the games.

Perhaps the solution is to bombard Channel 10 with petitions requesting the station to ask CBS to feed the games here. Even if the games don’t get a national sponsor, we don’t think it would be too hard to sell the games locally and thus have cooperative sponsors along the network.

CBS incidentally was a pioneer in Derby telecasting, carrying the games for three weeks back in November 1948. Then in Feb. 1949, ABC took over and continued the games summer and winter until this past summer when they permitted their option on the Derby rights to lapse.

The Roller Derby people feel that once the TV freeze is lifted there won’t be any trouble in getting stations to carry the games. They realize that TV made the sport the national craze that it is and feel that at the end of the TV station freeze, more independent time will be available to carry the games. We’d like to see a TV station here which would be as sports-minded as WPEN is on radio.

   

Seltzer also brought up another important point in a recent issue of the Roller Derby News when he said:

“We note that government channels are checking boxing, as well as baseball and football, for restraining certain networks from telecasting these sports. But this rule does not seem to apply two ways. What about networks which restrain a sport from being televised by the fans who so ardently want it?”

Meanwhile Derby fans are sad at heart. This is the first year in which they couldn’t follow the Derby when games were played in other cities. Originally they saw three games a week, then it sank to two, then to one, and now to nothing. They can’t see the games in the city until next spring at the Arena, and it hurts the pocketbook to travel to other cities for the games.

So the local situation in summation is this. The films of games are available for local stations but no channel has as yet indicated any use of them. Live telecasts may come here but it looks as if it will take some pushing by the fans to do so.

   
Ken Nydell (above) is the man who announced the Roller Derby games and brought you colorful description of the action as demonstrated in the accompanying photos.

WHEN YOU WATCH FOOTBALL ON TV . . .

It’s more fun and a great help to understand the official signals.

With Army-Navy, Notre Dame-U.S.C., and the “Bowl” games due for televiewing, this is a good time to keep this page handy. Watch those referees as they make with the signals. It’s amazing how much your enjoyment of football will increase when you know what every one of those gestures mean. Get acquainted with all the official signals given below:

   
Official Football Signals, 1951 Season. (Click button below picture for a printable size.) You will want to post this where you watch football on TV with friends.
1200x1792 size available. to open in new window.

“LET’S DO IT THE HARD WAY!” SAID THE NCAA

There are all kinds of methods of doing business but the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s way takes the cake. First they stiff-arm all the football fans who might want to pass up stadium attendance occasionally to watch football on TV! Then, they start taking polls at many of the football games to see whether TV is really hurting football attendance.

If ever anything has been done; backwards, this is it. You can’t exactly cordially invite somebody to stay away from your football game through the TV medium and then believe the same fans will pay to attend the games—not without incurring some ill will, anyway.

And, you don’t create new paying fans by denying them a taste of the attraction, if you wish to bring them into the stadia.

The big error was to assume that televising the game will hurt attendance BEFORE making with the research to find out.

While we have publicly and privately proclaimed that we believe televising an event helps the gate most of the time, we also admit our opinion is prejudiced. We’re always on the side of the viewer and admit it.

But just for the record we can point up the fact that television conclusively “made” Roller Derby and definitely revived wrestling’s popularity. There are no records as conclusive as these on the side of those who believe that TV loses more paying fans than it gains.

At this point, however, it’s difficult to discover what may come of all the NCAA’s fact-finding methods. Nothing earth-shattering has yet been given out regarding what the NCAA has accomplished by its blackout across the country of the local college games of each area.

We don’t believe that anything conclusive will be proven by the whole experiment . . . other than that the research and experimenting should have been done at least on a very small scale before the blackout was put into effect.

This much, however, has been accomplished by the NCAA TV blackouts.
• Football TV fans across the country are plenty irate against the NCAA.
• Investigations are under way to prosecute the NCAA for monopolistic practices.
• Colleges that are losing money because of the TV ban are very unhappy over the whole deal and are giving the NCAA the blast whenever they can raise a kick.

In this area, Penn already has reported a 13% loss in box office as compared to the same period last year. In addition, Penn has taken a lacing to the tune of $275,000—the sum which was offered for the TV rights on its current schedule.

There are many more indications that the NCAA restrictive TV policy is bursting at the seams. Notre Dame recently announced openly that it would go the limit in fighting against the retention of restrictions. University of Southern California and George Washington University took separate actions for the easing of the rigid TV restrictions.

Obviously, NCAA’s whole idea for TV restrictions is folding even within its own ranks. As Edward “Moose” Krause, Notre Dame director of athletics put it: “We want to televise all our football games and intend to fight for the right. Notre Dame was willing to go along with the NCAA experimental program this year, but we are not going to consent to further restriction.”

Other schools, Penn included, are backing up this thought. The question remains, as to whether or not the NCAA is going to gracefully concede that the whole experiment was a flop, admit that the customer is sometimes right and give the televiewers a break next year . . . or, are they going to try to continue to do business the hard way?

   
Motorola Direct Factory TV Service, by Factory Trained Television Experts. Motorola - Philadelphia Co. 120 S. 30th St., Philadelphia.

MORE SUNDAY SPORTS ON TV POSSIBLE

By HARVEY POLLACK

• You can help by urging your representative to pass basketball and hockey bills.

When Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives reconvenes this Monday (Dec 10), the state’s congressmen will get another chance to take House Bills 216 and 217 out of their present pigeonhole roost.

These bills are important to you as television viewers because they could legalize Sunday basketball and Sunday hockey in this state.

And if the bills are passed, there’s still a good possibility that the Falcons’ hockey team and the Warriors’ basketball squad might reschedule some of their remaining games this season on Sunday afternoons. And if this happens, then there’s a good possibility that these games will get on TV.

Now of course those are a lot of “ifs” but from all indications the first obstacle appears to be the toughest to surmount. Informed people feel the rest will be peaches and cream once the sports are legalized on Sunday.

So we urge you to contact your congressman—write or wire him in care of the House of Representatives in Harrisburg—and tell him you want these bills passed. Tell him you want sports on Sunday afternoon and can’t see why ice hockey and basketball aren’t legal here.

The whole situation is somewhat of a joke anyway. In Pennsylvania baseball and football1, are legal on Sunday afternoons, but no other sports are. Yet many other admission-charging sports are played on Sunday in Philadelphia—sports like soccer, polo, golf, tennis.

But that’s not all. Other localities in the state have ignored the 1933 bills, which legalized only baseball and football, and play other sports. For instance this very Sunday afternoon (Dec. 9) the Falcons will play ice hockey at Johnstown. This is just one of 11 ice games which the Jets have scheduled at their home rink on Sunday afternoons.

Pete Tyrrell, general manager of the Arena, feels it still may be possible even at this late stage to switch some Falcons and Warriors games to Sunday afternoons this year. Pete is willing to have the games screened, and there are prospective sponsors waiting for the opportunity to put the games on the TV.

So it looks to us like it’s up to you to put the pressure on your congressman and let him know you mean business. Tell him you, want that bill brought out of committee TODAY and not “in the near future.” Only, in that way can you take a forward step in getting Sunday basketball and hockey on TV.

   
Beezy Ness, Falcons’ forward could thrill TV viewers with his speed on the ice.

Sports Glimpses

by Harvey Pollack

You’ll be seeing Leo Durocher and Laraine Day on a filmed series entitled “The Hot Stove League.” The baseball bull-session show is being shot on the coast with such celebs as Casey Stengel, Ralph Kiner, Nancy Chaffee, and Charlie Dressen as guests. . . .

. . . Plenty of football coming your way. The National Football League championship game on Dec. 23 will be followed by the East-West game from San Francisco on Dec. 29, the Rose Bowl contest between Illinois and Stanford on New Year’s Day, and the all-star pro bowl in Los Angeles on Jan. 12. . . .

. . . .George Mikan, the Minneapolis Lakers’ center who has been acclaimed the greatest player of the century, has his own Saturday morning half-hour TV show, designed for kids. He demonstrates his various shots among other things. . . .

. . . Wouldn’t bowling be nice on TV?

   
TV Digest (Philadelphia) TV Schedule, Sunday, August 19, 1951.

Roller Derby is Back!

Various methods of scoring points explained for benefit of new fans watching games on Sundays.

With Roller Derby now a steady Sunday attraction on your TV fare, we’re going to feed you as many interesting facts as we can about the action-packed sport each week in this space. This week we’ll give you some of the salient features about scoring.

   
Roller Derby is Back!

You old-time Derby fans may need a refresher course in how points are scored in the games. And for you new followers, unfamiliar with the scoring mechanism, here’s the method of point-making:

A jam, which is an effort to score a point, occurs when one or more skaters break away from the rest of the field of skaters and tries to gain a point by completely circling the track. A point is tallied by passing a member of the opposing team within the official two minute time limit period for a jam.

One point is awarded for circling the track and passing one opponent. Two points are gained by passing three adversaries, while a five-point score can be obtained by passing five members of the opposing team.

There’s only one deviation from these schedules. That rule says that any skater with skate trouble or one who has been fouled or has received a penalty cannot be passed for a point.

Now the jams are concluded in several ways. Of course the expiration of the two-minute time limit or the conclusion of a 15-minute racing period are automatic jam-enders. But there are other methods.

If the leading jam skater falls or leaves the track with both skates, the jam is ended. If the leading jam skater places his or her hands on the hips, the jam is over. Then again if the leader receives a penalty, a new jam must be started.

Each game consists of two halves of four 15-minute periods each. The teams are composed of five members apiece, and the men and women alternate in 15-minute racing periods.

Sometimes, of course, the games are not decided in the regulation time. Since each game must have a winner and ties are not permitted, the league has a definite method of settling the game in overtime.

The men and women alternate in five-minute skating periods in the overtime until a point is scored. According to the rules, the team scoring the first point is declared the winner of the game. However, it has been a rare occasion in the past when any contest has gone into overtime for most games are settled in regulation time.

   
WPTZ CHANNEL 3 Brings You these Exlusive telecasts in Phila.
TV’s GREATEST FOOTBALL DAY

Tournament of Roses Parade
12:30 PM.

ROSE BOWL FOOTBALL GAME
IIIinois Vs. Stanford
4:45 P.M.

WPTZ CHANNEL 3
   
January 1, 1952 Illinois-Stanford, Rose Bowl Lineups.

Sports Glimpses

by Harvey Pollack

Football fans will get a tasty post-season TV dish of the grid iron sport as the old year goes out and the new year enters.

That special treat will be the 27th annual East-West football game on Saturday, Dec. 29 (Channel 6 at 4:30 P. M.) followed by the celebrated Rose Bowl contest on Tuesday, Jan. 1 (Channel 3 at 4:45 P. M.) pitting Illinois vs. Stanford.

Mel Allen, who airs the New York Yankees baseball games, the World Series, and announced the recent Notre Dame-Southern California game, will be at the mike for the East-West tilt which is held annually at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. This game is played for the benefit of the Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children and attracts large crowds.

The East-West game always has been a thriller since it features the nation’s top All-American football heroes. Included in the eastern contingent is Princeton’s Dick Kazmaier who was selected on everybody’s All-American squad this year.

Illinois and Stanford will clash in a game which has considerable national interest. The old story of whether the Big Ten or the Pacific Coast produces the better football is annually settled by this battle. In the past few seasons, the Big Ten has emerged victorious, but Stanford, the Coast champion, looks strong enough to change the routine.

The game also will pair two of the nation’s top teams for Illinois and Stanford were both rated in the top 10—Illinois as high as fourth in many ratings and the Indians getting a sixth or seventh ranking.

   
Mel Allen
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