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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Classic Woodie's World

ESPN Classic will debut Woodie's World, a weekly, half-hour show featuring original reports by the legendary Heywood Hale Broun, on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. ET. Broun, known to friends and colleagues as Woodie, appeared on the CBS Saturday Evening News in the 1960s and 70s. Woodie's World will offer four of Broun's vintage news stories -- none of which have been re-aired since their first broadcast -- in each installment. The 13-part series will be aired on Thursdays at 7 p.m., and will be re-aired the following Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Classic Woodie's World
Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. ET

Woodie's World, narrated by Bud Lamoreaux, Broun's longtime producer and colleague, will offer viewers a chance to re-live, and for many to discover, Broun's unique reports. "Many remember him as the guy with the crazy quilt sports coats that brought an inimical sense for wry humor and literary sensibility to the world of sports through his weekly appearances on the CBS Saturday Evening News," said Lamoreaux. "Whether it was Ted Williams or Muhammad Ali or an Idaho mountain man named Buckskin Billie Hart, Woodie's masterful interviews and elegant essays gave the television viewer a unique picture of the world in which he lived. His stories were informative and entertaining, often telling us as much about America as they did about sports."

The premiere episode will feature: Ted Williams returns to baseball in 1969 and faces the task of managing the Washington Senators; Green Bay's neighbor, Manitowoc, the oldest minor league football franchise gets unexpected help from a nearby convent school; the Kansas City Chiefs former kick returner, Nolan Smith, earns his nickname of "Super Gnat" and wins a Super Bowl ring; and Hobby Horse Hall, a Bahamian racetrack with teenage jockeys and a calypso environment.

Future shows will include: Muhammad Ali returns from his three-year exile in search of regaining his world championship; Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning is celebrated in song as the school mounts his Heisman Trophy campaign; Woodie reminiscing about his days as a sports writer covering Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak; a 24-hour marathon swim meet in the small town of LaTuque, Quebec; George Plimpton's novel "Paper Lion" is made into movie starring Alan Alda, Alex Karras and coliseum full of Lions; and the Irish sport of hurling is big in Cork, Kerry and the Bronx; and much more.

Woodie's World Biographies

Heywood Hale Broun was for many years the literate voice of sports television for CBS News. His essays covered the era of Ali and Namath as well as the backwoods sports stories that explored the America of the 1960's and '70's less known, or spoiled, by the glare of national media. The son of sportswriting legend Heywood Broun, Woodie Broun was a true wordsmith who covered DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak and Jackie Robinson's first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers during his early years as a beat writer for PM Magazine. He then moved to the Broadway stage where he enjoyed a career as a well known character actor, before being hired by CBS where he became best know for his loud jackets, merry mustache and verbal wizardry as a TV sports journalist. He was profiled by Time and Newsweek and drew critical raves from the New York Times.

Bud Lamoreaux, producer/writer of Woodie's World, spent almost four decades as a network television producer for CBS News and created such award-winning work as "Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt," "Walter Cronkite at Large," and the Heywood Hale Broun sports essays. The Lamoreaux-Broun team had an unparalled run on CBS. Their critically acclaimed work appeared every Saturday night for a decade. In his time as Executive Producer of Sunday Morning, the program won two Peabodys and numerous Emmies.

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