Dodgers Labor Day weekend TV schedule, August 30, 1958
Los Angeles Times file photo(s)
Check it out! Jerry Doggett and Vin Scully are glued together! GLUED!! Published in The Times on Sept. 2, 1958. Glue and all. Oh you photogs (or more likely the guys in the art department, sez Howard Decker). As Gary Metzker would say: "They are out of control." When I showed this to Davan Maharaj, he called it "X-acto Shop." Anybody who did this today would be out on their ear.
By Keith Thursby
Times staff writer
Channel 11 was bringing in reinforcements for the Dodgers' Labor Day weekend series against the Giants. The Times' Don Page wrote in his Sportslook column that Channel 11 would use 15 cameramen in an effort to finish the Dodgers' first season in Los Angeles with improved coverage.
"The station spent the better part of last week at the Coliseum going through dry runs," he wrote. "In its telecasts from San Francisco earlier this year the station was open to criticism over failure to keep up with the action at times."
Sounds like some hockey games I've watched.
Vin Scully and Jerry Doggett would alternate between KMPC radio and Channel 11. Baseball teams may have too many announcers now, but that seems like a lot of work for only two guys.
Page also discussed the use of some new technology to bring college football games to local television.
USC and UCLA home games would be shown on Sunday afternoons "via the videotape recording process," Page reported. Videotape "could maintain the live quality of the original telecast," he promised.
I don't remember this era of televised sports, but I do remember when a game on TV was a big deal. It doesn't seem like that long ago that baseball's Game of the Week was worth arranging your Saturday morning around. After all, it was your only chance to see baseball from some exotic destination like Chicago or Pittsburgh.
Of course, it was that long ago.