This is pretty cool. Last year, WPIX in New York posted this report on the history of the station, done in 1998 when the station was celebrating its 50th anniversary, but I hadn’t noticed it until now. It has old footage from the ’40s and ’50s on through, mostly news footage, but also has the ’70s Action News with the WPVI theme, a little Bill Jorgensen (better known for his years at channel 5), and a lot of Yankees stuff (and, inexplicably, the Mets in ’69, the Giants’ Super Bowl wins, and the Rangers’ first Stanley Cup, none of which were aired on WPIX).
But that’s the news side. This is more memorable:
I hated the Yankee theme. Then again, I hated the Yankees.
And this, courtesy YouTube user YanksAtShea, aired on WPIX just like this, Mantle’s 500th, called by the late Jerry Coleman (although in 1967, he wasn’t yet “hanging a star”:
Also from WPIX, this rare footage of Roger Maris’ 61st home run in 1961, called not by Phil Rizzuto as you’ve heard a zillion times before from the radio broadcast but by Red Barber, who fixates on the $5,000 the guy who caught the ball would get, and by Mel Allen, who interjects briefly as the applause continues:
This was channel 11′s original “11 Alive” theme and logo:
Grew up with channel 11. (It was one of the clearer channels at our house. Also, Three Stooges.) Fun to see this stuff again.