Appel: Looking back at ‘This Week in Baseball’

From SABR member Marty Appel at The National Pastime Museum on November 10, 2016:

Before there was an MLB Network, before there was ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, before local stations were able to run highlights from around the Major Leagues, there was the scrappy and much beloved This Week in Baseball.

The highlights and bloopers program was weekly, often running as a pregame show for Saturday afternoon local telecasts on the local station.

It ran from 1977 to 2011 (missing 1999) and accomplished two big things: it brought video of all teams into local markets, so that fans could now see more than just their hometown teams, and it revived the career of Mel Allen so that new generations knew him as more than the “Voice of the Yankees.”

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Originally published: November 10, 2016. Last Updated: November 10, 2016.